“Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.” —Ascribed to Chief Tecumseh.
Gratitude is definitely a secret to a Spirit-filled life. Those in 12-step recovery groups believe that we are less likely to go back to our old addiction—what they call “a slip”—if we continue in the way of gratitude each day. Whenever someone in recovery is not doing well, the most-suggested remedy is to start making a gratitude list to refer to every day, especially at night.
The insight from Trees for Life founder Balbir Mathur that he “travels in a boat called Surrender. His two oars are Forgiveness and Gratitude” which serve as a guide for our life. As long as we can surrender to a power greater than ourselves and are willing to forgive and remain grateful for what we have been given, we live a life of peace. Our blood pressure stays closer to normal. We are less likely to become irritated at all of life’s hiccups: our computer is not responding; someone has said something unkind; We have expectations of ourselves and others that are not being met; our body is not working the way it should; We are not getting our way or achieving our plan for the day.
Guided by forgiveness and gratitude, we can live assured that there is a grand plan beyond our own.
My husband and I once made fun of an older man, a friend of his father’s, who so often said, “You must have an attitude of gratitude.” Well, we both know now that there is no greater wisdom for living than this simple formula.
Come and get a signed copy of the new book
Just in time for the holidays
A Spiritual Rx for Advent Christmas, and Epiphany
The Sequel to A Spiritual Rx for Lent and Easter
Both are $18
All Money from sale of the books goes either to Camp Mitchel Camp and Conference Center in Arkansas or Hurricane Relief in the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast
Seibert’s, 27 River Ridge Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72227
10 to noon, Saturday September 14, 2019