“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.” From www.yourpositiveoasis.com 

I admit it, I struggle with this one daily. It weighs heavily on my heart. I believe I may be confusing acceptance with taking thing for granted. Let me see if I can work my way through the jumble of thoughts I have on this. 

  1. I accept that it may be impossible to think about all the stuff I have in my life, much less be grateful for every one of them all the time. However, getting into the practice of expressing gratitude for a few things in each day, be it during meditation, prayer, or in a journal, helps develop an overall feeling of gratitude and appreciation. 
  2. I accept that too much stuff (CLUTTER) can obscure the appreciation I have for the really important things in my life. Marie Kondo taught me that getting rid of stuff can be done in two ways: throwing it away, which eliminates the possibility of feeling appreciation, or telling the items how grateful you are for what they gave you, when they did, and release them (donate them) so someone else might benefit from the joy they might bring. I know which sounds and feels better. My goodness, I’ve even started thanking my clothes for serving me well, when I fold them. Thank you Marie Kondo! 
  3. The important things in our lives have the strongest voices, but we don’t own them. They are part of the universal flow of energy. They energy always flows, until we stop it by possessing things. The Laws of physics teach us that no two things (including energy) can occupy the same space at the same time. So, let stuff go and allow the energy to flow. It’s infinite and more will always come, but only if you remove the blockages. 
  4. I accept that what I appreciate now, may loose it’s lustre in the future, so I must focus on the NOW feelings and appreciate it now, then let it go where it needs to. 

What are some of the things you appreciate right now?

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