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Gratitude

March 25, 2009

It’s not often that you can maintain a true perspective of your current situation.  Between balancing a budding career, an active social calendar and trying to figure out what the hell you want to do with your life, it’s easier to focus on what you feel is lacking instead of realizing what you truly have.

But if there’s one thing everybody hates, it’s a complainer.

So whenever you’re feeling a little sorry for yourself or want a complainer to shut up, pull from a perspective-giving song, story or statistic to lighten the situation.  The excerpt below is from a talk which best-selling author and spiritual advisor Dr. Wayne Dyer gave at the famed Miraval resort in Arizona.  It’s a great reminder to be thankful for what you have.  So stop complaining and start saying thanks, you ingrate!

(Boldface indicates the verbal emphasis given by Dr. Dyer.)

“If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead, and a place to sleep, you’re richer than 75% of the world. Just that. Doesn’t that call for some gratitude?

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week because of illness.

If you have money in your bank – any money in the bank or even in your wallet – and spare change in a dish someplace in your life, you are among the top eight percent of the world’s wealthy. Ninety-two percent of the people don’t have that.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear – that is fear of arrest of arrest, of torture or death – you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world. And if you’ve never experienced the danger of battle or the loneliness of imprisonment, or the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you’re ahead of 500 million people in the world today.

If your parents are still alive or still married, you are very rare, even in the United States.

So if you have the opportunity to think as you choose to think, to worship as you choose to worship, and you have a little bit of change in your pocket, and you’ve got your health, and you’ve got someone who cares about you, then you have an awful lot to be grateful for.”

Dr. Wayne Dyer
It’s Never Crowded Along the Extra Mile

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