TSA#4 – Count Yourself Blessed

Jan 21, 2013 by

I am 37 years old. Today. That is weird to me as I’ve never been 37 before, but so far so good.

As I am getting older and having the birthdays each year I find myself reflecting a bit more on where I am at, where I’ve been, and of course where I am going. One thing I am reflecting more and more on is how blessed I am.

I would like to think it’s due to all the wise decisions I have made over those 37 years, or it’s because of my positive outlook on life, or maybe my desire to live a more simple and happy life, or it’s none of those things and maybe I’m just very lucky. I haven’t cracked the code on that one yet, but I am very grateful for the people, the experiences and the wonderful things in my life and that has made all the difference.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
- Epictetus

If you are a stuck in a rut or unhappy with your present circumstance, this is how you get out of it and back on course to where you want to be. Pay attention as this is so simple most people miss it.

 

Be grateful.

 

Your Truly Simple Action of the week is to be grateful.

Pause for a moment and be grateful of everything you have in your life. Close your eyes and be thankful for your family and friends who have been with you and helped you get to where you are today. Take a second and realize the amazing lottery of life that you have won just to be able to be born in a country where you have access to things like running water and electricity and a computer to read these words. You have far more than you realize and the path to getting more of all of these great things is being thankful for the great things you already have.

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
- Eckhart Tolle,

This is the foundation of living a happy life. It is important to have big dreams and goals and plans for the future but if you don’t already recognize the great things you have you will never reach for the greater things in the future. And conversely if you are always focused on the bad things that are happening to you or if you are always preoccupied with what you don’t have, then you will never have the things you want. It all starts with being grateful with what you have and where you are today. You have so much more than you realize.

My birthday wish for you is that you realize how blessed you are. Take some time out each day this week and be thankful for the people and things in your life. When you go to bed each night rattle off a list of the awesome people in your life. As you get up each morning give thanks for all of the great opportunities you have that day to do amazing and wonderful things.

When you start to do this you can’t help but wear a giant smile on your face as you think about all of the great things in your life. Your outlook on the day changes and you stop focusing on all the things you think you are lacking, but rather you realize the truth of how much you already have. Upon this your life can change.

Take some time out today and think about all the great things in your life. Start a list. Rattle off as many as you can while you are in your car driving somewhere today. Turn off the TV and take a few minutes to really understand how much you have to be thankful for and let that feeling guide you this week.

Let me know where it takes you.

Ben…

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