Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Be Grateful.

I'm reading a book called "The Power", which is an addendum to "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne. I bought it on a whim (30% off at Walmart), and have basically been using it as a bathroom book. It's not the kind of book I can sit down and read before bed or something...it contains a lot of stuff that requires much thinking about once I've been through a page or two.

A great deal of the book is spent on learning to love and be grateful for all in life, and then you can begin to achieve the life you want. "What are you talking about?" I thought. "I am grateful...I do love."

But then this little excerpt popped up:

"Are you grateful for your health when it's good? Or do you only notice your health when your body gets sick or hurts?

Are you grateful when you have a good night's sleep? Or do you take those nights for granted and only think of sleep when you've been deprived of it?

Are you grateful for your loved ones when everything is going well, or do you only talk about your relationships when there are problems?

Are you grateful for electricity when you use an appliance or flick a switch? Or do you only think of electricity when there's a power blackout?"

There's the rub. A lot of people (including myself) would say, "I think positively about stuff...I try not to focus on the negative." But that's the big picture. If we are faced with an issue, we focus on that issue in a an attempt to solve it, and once it gets resolved in some way, we go: whew, glad that's over with, and kind of forget about it. If we have no issues, we go about our merry way until we are faced with another one, then it's nothing but worry and focusing on that issue again.

The smaller things, we forget altogether. I am currently listening to Daft Punk and grateful that I can hear it and appreciate it. I'm grateful that I have a place to live in, a computer to type on, an internet connection to keep me here in this gigantic cyberworld. I am grateful that I have the ability to create music that I love, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share this music with you. I am grateful to those of you that also appreciate and love my music as much as I do. I am grateful for a lot of things...hell...everything in my life. Everything, not just the big things.

Let's be grateful for those smaller things. Our health, our homes, our senses, our lives.


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