fortune cookie 2‘You are what you think about all day long.’ So my fortune cookie told me. Let’s use a simple example that we can all relate to – the weather. When you think and say over and over that you are hot, of course you will be hot. Maybe you do feel hot, buy why give the heat a life of its own and let it control you. Since when did the weather become more powerful than you? Let’s start to shift the focus from what we don’t want to what we do want. Better yet, focus on what you already have in your life.

When we focus on what is good in our life, we attract more of the same. Did you ever notice that when you are happy, in a good mood, and gracious, then the people and situations you come across are also the same? I experience this all the time. Remember this – what you put out into the world is what you get back. It is the law of cause and effect, what you sow is what you reap, karma, whatever you want to call it – it is true. Here is the other side of the coin. Focusing on what you don’t have and what is missing. That to me sounds negative and limiting. If we focus on what we don’t have then there will always be lack and we won’t get any of the things that we want.

Let’s say you put together a large, 1000-piece puzzle and realize just as you are getting to the final pieces that you only have 999 pieces instead of 1000. Are you going to beat yourself up and focus on the one piece that is missing? Or will you look at the amazing puzzle you put together, smile about the one piece and make your own to fill in? I believe that our perceptions create our reality. Start to appreciate what you already have and not what you are lacking or what you think you need to be happy. There is infinite abundance in the universe and we can all tap into it if we start to change our thoughts and views.

Gratitude starts as soon as you open your eyes each morning. There are some people who never open their eyes again. When you wake up, acknowledge that you are alive, breathing, and gracious for the day. Gratitude also starts in your home. While at home, look around at everything you have. Running water, a warm bed, clothes, and a refrigerator full of food. Know that you are fortunate – more fortunate than a lot of people who have way less than you. 80% percent of the world’s population lives on less than $10 a day. I am certain they don’t have homes full of everything we have. Don’t take all that you have for granted. Remember, nothing lasts forever and nothing in life is guaranteed…not even that you will open your eyes tomorrow morning.