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By DL Banks
 
Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience. I love the ones who are in my life and make it amazing and I thank the ones who left my life and made it even more fantastic. An attitude of thankfulness keeps me centered when every attitude other than thankfulness promises me a center that it can’t find.
 
It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack. This path was not that of my conscious choosing. But after persistent subconscious confrontation, I have finally embraced what is, solely for me…and I am thankful, when called upon, to be able to share and give to those who seek their own way of the path. Life is a web of intersections and choices. Your 1st choice is to recognize an intersection. Your 2nd choice is to be grateful for it. Unhappiness is a contagious disease caused by a chronic deficiency of gratitude. You don’t know what you don’t have until it comes.
 
The mind is inclined to zoom in on your problem, or few problems, to an extent that you cannot see your many blessings. Being thankful for something instantly grants that thing a depth it would not have had were I not thankful for it. And while I can certainly live without having had that kind of depth, in turn I will have died without ever having had any kind of life. We can be thankful for what we’ve achieved, but I think it’s far, far more powerful to be thankful that we have the opportunity to achieve.
 
Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed. Whenever you feel like criticizing any one just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. Thankfulness always sees everything as a gift even though it might be wrapped in some rather unsavory wrapping paper, for the wrapping need not dictate the contents.By far, the most precious gifts are those that I have, for without those I will never be able to obtain those that I don’t. The truly grateful are also grateful for being grateful.
 
I’ve started to look at life differently. When you’re thanking God for every little you – every meal, every time you wake up, every time you take a sip of water – you can’t help but be more thankful for life itself, for the unlikely and miraculous fact that you exist at all. If I’m living without being thankful, I’m not living. It may be that I’m not even existing. In fact, it may be that all I’m doing is waiting for death to show up without even realizing it. Therefore, I’d welcome anything that would drive me to being thankful for it is that which would drive me to living.
 
The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. You are the most important person in your life. You are a mentor, a motivator, a shoulder to cry on, a best friend. You have the power, within yourself, to be whatever you want and need to be. Love every part of you, every part that has helped you along the way. Be thankful for all the love and support you have received from yourself in your lifetime. You are the most important person that you will ever meet in this lifetime. Even the worst that has ever happened to you could have been worse.
 
Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation, It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life – this I know for sure. Always be thankful for the little things… even the smallest mountains can hide the most breathtaking views!
 
The world is easy to hate, especially when you think about all the pain in it. But there’s a lot to be thankful for, so I choose to think about that instead. You should, too.

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