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The Gift of True Gratitude


Happy New Year to all! I am so grateful to be able to express myself in this exciting New Year of 2017. And I mean I am truly filled with gratitude, which is different than merely being thankful.

Gratitude is often confused as being synonymous with thankfulness. I would like to point out the differences.

We say “thank you” many times during the day when people show us kindness and respect. Someone lets us into the flow of traffic; we wave our hand and say, “thank you.” Expressing thanks is easy for most people. We thank the cashier at the supermarket, the teller at the bank, the person who opens the door for us as we enter a store.

Gratitude is different.

We’ve heard of making a “gratitude list” on a daily basis. Gratitude is acknowledging that what you have is exactly what you need. Gratitude also encompasses the notion that everything that has occurred in your life, things perceived as good or as bad, have all been necessary for you to be right where you are right now. Nothing has happened without purpose. Gratitude in this respect is a true gift. It is a conviction, a deeper form of thankfulness that implies knowing. It is the act of believing that what you have asked for, even though it hasn’t yet appeared in form, is on its way to you right now.

Gratitude also encompasses what Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. You control your destiny.” Gratitude expresses the very essence of this belief. I am sincerely grateful to be able to share my knowing with you.

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