It’s No Secret: You Can Change Your Life Story With Gratitude

World Gratitude Day

Be grateful (Photo source: dekhnews.com
Be grateful (Photo source: dekhnews.com

It started in the year of my birth but either my mother, my countrymen or both were not told about it or they could not see the merit of it. Pity, as had they shared its significance, many of the paths that was trod by me might have been avoided. Yet, never the one to have regrets, that it was not shared or taught to me allowed for deeper learning through the valleys of life.

Now that I know better, I will do better and teach my granddaughter not only on September 21 but every day of her life that I have the privilege to share. The lesson? That you can change your life story as needed.

The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating GratitudeΒ Day across the world has grown and grown. (Source: Days of The Year Calendar)

Yes, today is World Gratitude Day and it is also a Motivation Monday. Great coincidence – or is it? My intention for today’s post was to touch on the topic of changing one’s story, the scripts that we read from about our lives and how it is going so far. As I came to my laptop to write, it struck me that there is synergy between the topics of World Gratitude Day and storytelling.

The Secret Is No Secret

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Learn it and be free!

Many on the Internet, including bloggers, since the publication of the book, The Secret, have become experts on the Law of Attraction. Having read the book, watched the movie and followed the spiritual leaders and influencers who are proponents and adherents to the principles underlying the Law of Attraction theory, many have themselves become experts, peddling their wares on the worldwide web.

Many mainstream scientists and researchers considered this whole thing a hoax, another New Age fad that will fade. The religious and traditional believers agree, granted over the years some have adapted and incorporated some of the main thoughts behind Law of Attraction and weekly you can hear it seeping into their sermons. They would disagree that it has anything to do with this hocus pocus, Hollywood-style cult but is biblical.

They are all right. My wide reading of all sides suggest that there really was nothing new about the basic principles of the Law of Attraction. People were just ready to hear it. Leaders of the early church and spiritual movements have told their followers for centuries that “as within, so without,” that their thoughts and words have creative power and that Love is the only true power that energizes the world and the Universe.

Most of us were just blind or blinded, emotionally and consciously, to what has been at the essence of our experiences and in fact life for all these years and centuries. A day such as World Gratitude Day is a politically correct way of reminding us of this long known “secret” that has stared us in the faces.

The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contended people.

Check The Stories That You Tell

Change the story
Change the story

My own experiences have taught me that a huge step into living a life of gratitude requires me to tell a different story about my life. I have always been a storyteller, not a spinner of fairy-tales but my imagination have always taken me beyond whatever was my current situation. Whether it was:

  • Not having enough money available to us to buy new clothing so my wardrobe was mainly hand-me-downs from neighbours or from the people where my mother worked as a maid
  • Doing homework by candlelight because the power was cut as my mother had not paid the bill in months
  • Eating sardines for Sunday dinner
  • Being beaten by an angry parent or spouse to a pulp

there was this voice in me that was always encouraging me to tell a story that was brighter than the situation. Not knowing what it really meant, you could hear me trying to paint a different picture of my life. I was not always successful. Actually, I was not good at it for quite a while, falling into the trap of bad talking my life, after the examples around me.

Until I came into the teachings and understanding about the Law of Attraction, which I did not believe at first, my stories were mostly like everyone else’ – doom, gloom, despair – although the sun was shining, we had more than sardines to eat, my daughter never had to do her homework by candle light and no one was beating me or getting abused in my home. Negativity became a habit that was hard to break. Journalling was the tool that helped me through that dark room. As I wrote the dark stories, the light in each would shine in my eyes from off the pages. Dim at first but as my eyesight adjusted, my quota of gratitude increased.

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Breaking through

It is an art that every one of us can become Masters at – without university programmes required. You become more proficient with practice as any athlete will tell you. Training is a requisite with or without a coach. The first step is acknowledging that the story you have told is not one of gratitude. The follow-up steps will vary from person to person but includes:

  1. Accepting what is and where you are, not making excuses but owning the space where you stand
  2. Creating a new outline, one that will move you to the space you truly want to occupy. A teacher gave one of the best lessons on doing this by instructing the class that I was attending to be an observer at your own funeral and write your eulogy. What is it you want said about you?
  3. Live backwards from the end of your journey, imagine daily pieces of your story into reality.

Read the stories or biographies of people who you consider successful – not only or primarily in monetary terms – who are living the lives they always dreamed of and learn the “secrets” to their achievements. They are not all, actually most are not, celebrities. They are the every day grateful, happy and loving people you meet next door, at the grocery store, in the lobby at the movies. They are all around you and they know the “secret.”

Have a happy day!


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40 thoughts on “It’s No Secret: You Can Change Your Life Story With Gratitude

  1. Love this post. Gratitude can definitely feel hard to practice at times when it feels like everything is going against you, but worth doing regardless. Am very much a believer of the law of attraction being an everyday part of life, the movie may have been a bit far fetched for some, but what it did achieve was to introduce a timeless concept to a whole new group of people so they could start their own journey to understand what it actually is and how it works.

    1. Ms Claudette

      The movie like with all new concepts to me is a buffet – each of us can take as much or as little we we need or can manage in a sitting! Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

  2. Gratitude is the key to success.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed it is! πŸ™‚

  3. We should make everyday a gratitude day. Thanking everyday that makes us smile.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Your are absolutely right on that and I am also grateful that you came today! πŸ™‚

  4. Rosey

    Gratitude is a beautiful thing. It puts a lot of pooh-poohing into proper perspective too.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It sure does! πŸ™‚

  5. I do my best to be grateful for everything, but sometimes its easy to forget how fortunate we are!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I know exactly what you mean but like today when a bill sprung up and I was able to pay it and still have lots to eat etc., I know I am blessed. πŸ™‚

  6. just1mommysopinion

    For me, writing down or saying out loud the things I’m thankful for and grateful for always puts me in a better mood. Thanks for the reminder to always stay grateful!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome! It helps me to remind everyone as it keeps me accountable as well to you all to practice gratitude myself.

  7. I couldn’t agree more!! Being grateful is something I try to keep in check and teach my kids.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it is crucial that we teach our children gratitude over the entitlement attitude that so many are now displaying!

  8. sicorra

    I have had some great success when in turning things around by practicing gratitude.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yippee!!! I am so glad for you! πŸ™‚

  9. I try to be grateful at all times. Even for the simplest things that are happening to me every day, I try to utter a prayer of thanks to Him. Some people find it hard to do, but it’s as simple as looking down and seeing how lucky you are from others. Most of us are always looking up and asking for more blessings when indeed we are already more blessed than others.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I hear you on that – not seeing the blessings right before us! Thanks for such an insightful comment! πŸ™‚

  10. I try to be grateful for every blessing I have in my life. There are people in my life who need to be more grateful.

    1. Ms Claudette

      We all have them, so take heart. πŸ™‚

  11. Elizabeth O.

    I mentioned this previously, but really, most of the time we are too busy looking at our flaws that we forget what we have and what to be thankful for. We neglect people who are here for us, we don’t count our blessings, the list goes on and on.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed the list goes on and on and on! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the visit and sharing your wisdom. πŸ™‚

  12. I’m so glad you can shine like a light for those who haven’t yet ascended fully from similar situations. Your gratitude is inspiring.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you – however, I have not ascended fully otherwise I would not be still attending the school of life. Thank you very much for your comment and for visiting. πŸ™‚

  13. What a great post! Gratitude definitely changes your attitude πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! I am grateful to you for visiting. πŸ™‚

  14. I had no idea it was Gratitude Day. I can take things for granted at times. I needed to read this post today.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad that you did! πŸ™‚

  15. I am thankful for what I have but I need to not take things for granted. They could all be gone in a day.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes they could be but because you are constantly grateful they either will not or better will replace them. Namaste πŸ™‚

  16. I’ve started thinking about this recently. I try to be thankful every morning I wake up because I woke up that morning, I was able to have breakfast, & head to work. It’s easy to get caught up in life. This is a great post!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and you are right! Any night you do not go to bed hungry, with a warm bed to sleep in and a roof over your head – you have much to be thankful for! I know this!!! πŸ™‚

  17. I sometimes take things for granted. Its nice to get a reality check and realize I have a lot to be thankful for!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it is always a good thing! I know that for sure! πŸ™‚

  18. Love that! Owning the space that you are. Always better to be grateful than to be negative

    1. Ms Claudette

      I fully agree with you! Have an awesome day! πŸ™‚

  19. This is wonderful. I think we all need to be reminded not to take things for granted. I have found keeping a gratitude journal helps a lot. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I used to keep one a few years ago and you are right, it really helps. Now, while I do not keep one, I look around me every morning and at various points throughout the day and simply smile and say thank you Source! Have a great rest of the day.

  20. I am definitley guilty of taking things for granted sometimes. I need to say more thanks!

    1. Ms Claudette

      We all are somewhat “guilty” of that so don’t beat up on yourself. You know what to do. πŸ™‚

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