I don’t have any of the vices that the adults in my life had when I was growing up. Not a one. All of the ones I observed disgusted me or either made me sick. Perhaps it was because it was from the vantage point of a child, but none of them appealed to me because I could see the effects of them. And I didn’t like what I saw.
These vices are just as popular today as they were back then, but I am not susceptible to them in the least. And I understand why. Seth had said in The Nature of Personal Reality that there are parts of our identity which are sovereign – “an inviolate area in which the person insists upon remaining supreme.” I have to agree.
Isn’t that interesting? We even choose the manner and means by which we will work out issues that need to be resolved. This may sound preposterous to some. They will swear they have not chosen any of the hardships or difficulties they may have endured or are dealing with right now. But I’m pretty sure we all have an off-limits area of our identity that nothing and no one can penetrate. Isn’t that good news?
Powerlessness really is only an illusion.
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Every day, I strive to find something to be grateful for. Most days, I write them down in my diary in the mornings. If I don’t get around to it during the day, I generally remember to give thanks while I’m in bed before I drift off.
Many people have spoken about the importance of gratitude and I am also a believer. It is true that life gets better and better once you focus on your blessings instead of your problems/challenges. Your challenges may not disappear, but you will certainly enjoy your life more with a focus on gratitude.
I signed up for a program called 21 Days of Gratitude. It started this past Monday. Initially I had quite a time trying to get the video to play on the first day on the program. It took several attempts and it still did not eliminate the choppy playback completely. I could have gone to the audio version, but I wanted to see the video.
On Tuesday, there was only the audio link with another to purchase all of the video segments for $9.95. I, like many others, thought the entire program was free. But I wasn’t that disappointed because I had had a difficult time with the video anyway. I was quite satisfied with the audio version, which did have lovely pictures throughout.
I took a look at the comments after the meditation on the second day and found lots of people were upset about paying for all of the videos. It must have been really bad because today I saw an email from the founder of the company apologizing for the misunderstanding. Apparently, only four of the segments would have the free videos. He even went on to state which of the segments would have the free videos. I thought that was nice.
After today’s meditation, I again skimmed through some of the comments and found some people were still complaining. Huh? The program is still free. There are still guest speakers. There are still beautiful pictures and there are still themed meditations. We still get all of that for free. Yet because the videos are not free throughout the entire program, some people have gone from being grateful to being ungrateful. This is the exact opposite of the aim of the program.
There will always be opportunities to find things to complain about. It only takes a little extra effort to find things to appreciate and be grateful for.
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