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It’s Better to Be Grateful than Dead

Grateful

Why do we have only one day a year dedicated to giving thanks? If it was up to me, we would have Thanksgiving day once a week, (minus the huge feast). Think about it: if you lived 80 years, having Thanksgiving day once a year would give you 80 days when you were reminded to be grateful. If you had it every week, you’d have 4,160 days reminding you to make to be grateful. Think that would make a difference in your life? I do.

What’s so great about being grateful? Well, try going a whole week without saying thank you or being appreciative for anything. Complain loud and incessantly that whole week. Walk around with a feeling of entitlement, that the world owes you, and see how you feel. Compare and despair while bemoan what you don’t have. (What? You’re doing already that? You better call me immediately at 626-826-0612 or click here and I’ll give you 25 bucks off your next session.)

Gratitude is not just an attitude, it’s an energy that you generate. If you’re looking for it, you might feel it driving down the freeway in the shadow of beautiful mountains painted in red by the setting sun, or standing outside at night freezing your buns off awash in the glory of a full moon. It make take some practice generating that grateful attitude until you’re feeling  moments of bliss on a regular basis, but believe me, it’s worth it.

Being grateful is not just something you say or think, it’s a feeling that sustains you through the tough times, or gives you the icing when you’ve got your cake and you’re eating it too.

Everything looks better, feels better, works better when you’re grateful. Feeling grateful feels good. Feeling good is good for you, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We know that prolonged negative feelings can adversely impact health. And really, feeling thankful as a way of life is not that hard to do.

Taking it grateful instead of for granted.

I recently had a health scare with one of my children. More like a health terror, because that’s what it felt like. It put me in a place where all I wanted to do was hold both of them tightly and never let go. All of a sudden, their noisiness was not so noisy, their messiness not so messy. What a small price to pay to be able to kiss them while they sleep. I don’t every want to take them for granted; I hope I can always feel blessed that they are in my life.

Sometimes you really get that Life is fragile and unpredictable. One second too soon or a minute too late and there’s a funeral, or some other tragedy, loss or catastrophe. Anything can be taken from you at any time. I appreciate my grandmothers and grandfathers so much more now that they are gone than I ever did when they were alive. Didn’t really appreciate my siblings and parents until I was far, far away from them.

Maybe you need to go through some tough times to really appreciate the  blessings that have been bestowed upon you. My advice is: don’t wait for that to happen.

Every time I see a person sitting at a bus stop in the freezing cold or blazing heat, I’m thankful I have a car. With air conditioning and a heater. I know what it’s like to be cold, hungry, lonely and broke, so now that I’m warm, well fed and surrounded by my family, I’m feeling most of the time like life is grand.

There may be some dead that are grateful aside from Jerry Garcia and the band, but maybe the highest form of gratitude you can have is feeling lucky to be alive.

To be alive means you can be grateful. You get to have that chance. For your sake, take it. You’ve been given the fertile ground to plant and harvest the seeds of gratitude before that ground becomes your bed. Be thankful. For   every    single   little   thing.

(If you’re having trouble feeling the love as the holiday season approaches and you need some help, contact me by clicking here for a free 30 minute phone session.)

Ted A. Moreno
 
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Ted A. Moreno is a hypnotherapist, success performance coach, published author, educator and sought-after speaker who helps his clients become free from fear and anxiety, procrastination and bad habits such as smoking.

Comments

  1. This one brings tears. Thank you, Ted.! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your precious family.

  2. skye moorhead says:

    lucky to be alive trumps bellyaching every single time
    profound simple reminder
    thanks, ted!

  3. Elaine Wallace says:

    Really like this, Ted. Thanks so much for posting about gratitude. We strive so hard to make things better that we sometimes forget just how far we’ve come.

  4. Amen!

  5. Rebecca Booth says:

    My mother suffered with mental illiness all her life which I have on more than one occassion used as an excuse for the poor decisions made by me. But I was thinking how grateful I am that she was. Because it has given me the gift of understanding people who suffer and live on the streets of our cities. A few weeks back the rent a car place was not open yet causing me to walk to a local fast food place. There while ordering my food a man walked in who the girl refused to notice. He was acting strangely but doing no harm just wanted a soda. As I ordered my food and asked if he would like to join me for breakfast he said yes and we sat and shared events in our lives. When I got up to leave he thanked me for talking to him like a person. And that made me think would I had done this if mental illiness had not grace my life. So for that I will always remember to be grateful for things we don’t always want. Thanks Mom rb

  6. Misael Figueroa says:

    Ted:
    You continue to be an awesome soul and I’m thankful of our friendship of so many years!!!

  7. Hey Ted! Right on! I always say if I’m not dead & I’m not in prison it’s a GREAT DAY! I am thankful I am 1/2 a century old now & almost halfway to my ultimate goal of climbing mountains when I’m 120! Unite all you Deadheads!
    Kyle

  8. Wonderful post. Thought-full.

  9. Unless, of course, you’re the Grateful Dead

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