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Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity.
-- Pema Chodron
 

 

Thursday, November 2, 1995

Your many blessings

How often do you stop to count your blessings? In your daily struggle for more, how often do you feel joyful and thankful for the many, many things you already have?

In your ambitious quest to better your life, be careful that you don’t overlook the wealth that you already have. Wealth? Yes, wealth that is very real and very accessible to you.

Did you know that you already have abundant wealth? Perhaps you don’t feel like it if you’ve just paid the bills. Yet each and every one of us has an abundance that is almost beyond comprehension. The secret is to tap into that abundance and use it to do whatever we want to do.

And the process starts with counting your blessings. Taking stock of the things you have, the things you know, the people in your life, your spirituality, your skills, your opinions, your special perspective on life, your family, your hobbies, your sense of humor, your appreciation for beauty, your caring for others, your concern for those less fortunate, your ability to see opportunity. The list of possibilities is endless, and these things all have value beyond anything you can imagine.

I challenge you to take a good hard look at yourself and to count your blessings. Think of as many of them as you can. Think of the beauty and richness of your life. These things don’t require money or power or position. They all spring from your attitude, the way you react to situations, the way you value others, the way you value life itself.

Right now, within yourself, you have the ability to do anything you want with your life. You have complete control of your behavior, your actions from minute to minute. Look deep inside yourself and tap into the wealth that lies hidden within you. It is there if only you will look, and the best way to find it is with an attitude of thanksgiving and joy.

— Ralph Marston

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