Why You Should Be Grateful for What You Have
- by Tony Mase
© Tony Mase - All Rights Reserved
Officially set aside as an annual day of gratitude in the
United States, where I live, Thanksgiving Day, which is just
around the corner here, is a great day to sit down and take
stock of all you have to be grateful for. However, it's not
the only day of the year you should be grateful for what you
The daily practice of gratitude, being grateful or thankful
for what you have, keeps your life in its proper
perspective, puts you in the correct state of mind for
getting more of what you want, and prevents you from losing
that which you already have.
Jesus said, "... unto every one that hath shall be given,
and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not
shall be taken away even that which he hath."
The same can be said of gratitude. Those who are grateful
for what they have will be given more and will have
abundance; but, from those who aren't grateful for what they
have, even that which they have will be taken away from
Sounds a bit cruel, I know, but that's the way the Universe
Not feeling very grateful this year and/or feeling like
maybe you don't have a whole heck of a lot more to lose?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
1. Do you have food to eat, clothes to wear, shelter from
the elements, and a place to sleep?
You're wealthier than seventy-five percent of the world's
population, right now, today!
2. Do you have money in the bank, money in your wallet, and
some extra change?
You're among the top eight percent of the world's wealthiest
people, right now, today!
3. Did you wake up this morning more healthy than you are
You're more fortunate than the three million folks out there
who won't be with us by the end of this week, right now,
4. Have you never experienced the unbelievable horrors of
war, the mental anguish of imprisonment, the intense
physical pain of torture, or the unspeakable feeling of
You're more fortunate than the five hundred million people
around the world who are alive and suffering from one or
more of these horrendous experiences, right now, today!
5. Are you able to read this article?
You're more fortunate than the three billion some odd people
in the world who, for one reason or another, aren't able to
read it at all, right now, today!
I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. As the
old saying goes, "I cried because I had no shoes, until I
met a man who had no feet." Gratitude is largely a matter of
perspective, isn't it?
Regardless of how much you may think your life may suck
right now, there's somebody or a whole lot of somebody's out
there who'd gladly trade places with you and be grateful for
So, don't wait until Thanksgiving Day, or whatever its
equivalent is in your neck of the woods, makes it annual
appearance to be grateful for what you have. Adopt theattitude of gratitude
and be thankful for what you have, all
you have, right now, today!
Because, "... unto every one that hath shall be given, and
he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be
taken away even that which he hath."
Tony Mase is a serious student of the works of Wallace D.
Wattles and the publisher of "The Science of Abundant Life"
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