Intention: Gratitude

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never, ever have enough.

-Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is such a wise lady.  I’m not saying this because, well, she’s Oprah, but because if anybody on this planet can attest to what possessions can and can’t bring you, it’s Ms. Winfrey.

I used to be envious of people who had more material possessions than I do.   Seriously, so guilty.  I’ve come to realize that the only way to be truly happy with life (regardless of my circumstances) is to appreciate all that I do have.  We could always “have more” or “have better” in our minds, but that’s the only place where this train of thought runs true.

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.   Every day that we wake up and have bodies that don’t fail us, we need to show appreciation.  Our gratitude is the appreciation of having friends, loved ones, food to eat, and shelter.  Gratitude is giving to others through the gifts that we have.

When we know what we have and appreciate it, the less we desire to fill our lives.

Some of the ways you can practice the intention of gratitude

  • Compliment others or make positive statements/observations about the environment around you.
  • Minimize gossip or critical statements for 48 hours.
  • Discover what you can learn from any “negative” situations you may encounter and how to use that lesson in the future.

Today’s Daily Intention Workout #10

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How do you express gratitude?

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2 Comments

  1. Abigail February 10, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I love that quote from Oprah! She is so wise…sigh.
    Loving your series of Daily Intentions. I look forward to reading them each day 🙂 Keep up the inspiring work!!

    • Erin February 10, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Oprah is seriously sage. Thanks so much, Abigail! It’s been really helpful for me as well to keep my focus! Glad you’re enjoying them as well! 🙂

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