Okay, Thanksgiving is this week, so I feel like we should talk about being grateful. When you are in the mode of gratitude, that’s when good things happen to you. When you appreciate the things in your life, and are thankful, you have a sense of gratitude. When you are grateful for what you have, you feel happy. When you feel happy, life feels a little, or a lot, more exciting. When you are excited about your life, or life in general, you feel good. Feeling good is the key. When you feel good, that is when the magic happens! You are all set and aligned for good things to happen in your life, and they will happen. That is when all the wonderful stuff that you want, and all the satisfying things, both physical and non physical, will start to show up in your life. But, the catch is, you can’t wait for the good stuff before you have that feeling of gratitude, and feelings of happiness, and appreciation. You need the feeling, before you can get the stuff.
Sure, sometimes it seems like, you get the stuff, or the thing you’ve been wanting first, and that’s why you are happy. But, if you really think about it, you were already in a place of happiness or a place of gratitude before you got the thing you really wanted. Can you remember a time when you really wanted something, and then just stopped dwelling on it and went about your business, and BOOM, it showed up!? Or, BOOM, it happened!?
All you have to do to have good things happen in your life, is to be happy. Well, maybe a bit more. Like, if the Universe leads you to your dream job, you should probably go to the interview! The Universe has got your back, but it might require just a bit of cooperation from you! But, the first step is to be happy. To feel happiness. Your feelings are many times the only thing you have control over in your life, and that is really all you need to control, because with feeling good, comes the things that make you further feel good. Nelson Mandela my have been incarcerated in a tiny jail cell for years, but he was still the captain of his soul. He relied on the poem, Invictus, to keep him himself mentally strong. He could not do anything about his circumstances, but he could control how he reacted to his circumstances. He could control his level of gratitude, his level of happiness. How frustrating and maddening that must have been to his captors. No matter what they did, he remained mentally, unconquerable.
Invictus, by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul
That’s how I can literally be unable to move a muscle (well, maybe a couple), yet remain happy. I may not be able to do anything on my own, but I control of my level of happiness. I still have a lot to be grateful for, thus making me happy. Most days, anyway. We all have bad days, that’s okay. When you feel bad about things or situations and that’s alright, because you are probably discovering what you don’t like about something. Which means you’re discovering what you like. You can’t know what you want, until you know what you don’t want.
You were meant to be happy. You were meant to feel good all the time. When you are happy, you are aligned with your Source/God/the Universe/the Great Spirit. When that happens, anything is possible. You can even survive dinner with your family this Thanksgiving!