I hear it regularly. Usually it sounds something like this: "What is the most effective way to increase both abundance and riches,both spiritual and physical, for myself and for the rest of the world?"
The key to opening the door, allowing the floodgates of abundance to widen is exceptionally simple.
Recently I have been working with a process which makes me
repeatedly consider what I would want to accomplish if I had a limited time left to live. It calls into question what I would change or do differently before *poof* my active time of contribution was complete.
I realized I could live this way all the time without concern about my current project or mode of creative expression and live a deeper, richer, more abundant life no matter what.
Last week I felt in the need of an increase in abundance, especially in energy as the week work on. I was in Tech Week: the final week before "Into the Woods", a very complex musical in which I had a significant role, Emma had a crisis in school and I was still running my business and household as usual.
To describe the week as "long" wouldn't say it with enough ferocity.
Perhaps "interminable" or "unending" or "as vast and dry as the Sahara" would be a better way to describe it.
When Sunday afternoon arrived my energy was simultaneously higher than a kite and running on empty. I knew there was one person I did not want to forget to thank before the week was gone forever.
I approached Emily, who owns the theatre where I am currently appearing in "Into the Woods" and said, "I just wanted to say thank you for building this place. With out it, I wouldn't be where I am…I would never have had the courage to perform."
She smiled and answered, "And you do a very good job."
I countered, "And once again, my performance would not exist if you didn't have the foresight and desire to build this theatre. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you."
Emily's face filled with warmth and a quiet, satisfied joy. "You just made my day."
Her theatre has made a significant contribution to my life. It was absolutely worth my investment in a two minute conversation to compliment her. Expressing gratitude is one way to learn the joy of
giving AND receiving, another key to experiencing abundance.
As I expressed heartfelt, true gratitude in to Emily, she gave back to me by complimenting me.
Remembering this brief exchange, I wondered how often I have missed opportunities to thank the people who have had an impact on my life,noth tangibly and intangibly? Life is simply too short to not offer gratitude to the people whose life, whose work, whose contribution
in some way assisted you in your journey.
Living a lifestyle of active and continual gratitude is a key to receiving abundance, to leave behind scarcity and struggle and finally experience true richness of spirit. It doesn't guarantee you will always experience a clear path. It does, however, change how you respond to those bumps which may appear. Being sincerely thankful and expressing that thanksgiving will enliven you more than
anything you have ever imagined.
One of my favorite holiday greeting cards this year came from an elderly widow. I hadn't received a Christmas greeting from her since I was in elementary school.
This year was different purely because I was able to find her and communicate my gratitude for the lessons she taught me more than 35 years ago. Did my delayed expression of thanks mean anything to her?
What do you think?
Don't wait to express your gratitude. Do it now. Make a list of people to thank. Then start the process. Write handwritten notes, make phone calls, send emails, send flowers and gift certificates. Pen a testimonial, write a letter to the editor, craft a poem or a picture or throw a pot.
Christian D. Larson said, "The simple act of being grateful becomes a path to perpetual increase." In simply saying "Thank you" there is instantaneously increased joy and prosperity between you and the person you are thanking. You will feel incredible for making the
extra effort. Finally, I am putting my bets that you will also be adding to the collective positive energy for everyone on the planet.
Activate Your Passion. Say "Thank you."
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