“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
During my career in marketing I would have never survived doing the same thing every day. I thrived on goals and expectations but I had to have the freedom to think outside the box to produce results.
That is how I developed a program that I titled Creative Marketing. My objective was to create a different approach to marketing. However along the way I still needed the encouragement and signs that my efforts were making a positive difference for my company.
Now, ten years after retirement I continue to seek ways to think outside the box to live life to the fullest. But once again I need signs that I am moving in the right direction. As I have mentioned several times in my blog one of my daily practices is to start my day writing in my grateful journal. It helps me to stay focused and provides me a great “lift off” to open myself to greater possibilities in whatever direction my thoughts may lead me. This morning after writing in my journal I read Fr. Rohr's daily meditation. The title is "Practice: Begin with Gratitude." Those words gave me the confirmation I am always seeking.
Not only is the title a sign to me, the content of the message in the daily meditation is supported by scripture. Quoting Fr. Rohr "Paul goes on to suggest that we fill our minds ‘with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good, everything that we love and honor, everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8). Paul also says that you should ‘Pray with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond all knowledge, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:6-7).’ ”
Fr. Richard Rohr also mentions the very first book I read when I entered my career in marketing “The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale. To again quote Fr. Rohr “I call it ‘replacement therapy.’ If we don't choose love and compassion, the human mind naturally goes in the other direction, and we risk joining a vast majority of people who live their later years trapped in a sense of victimhood, entitlement, and bitterness.”
One entry I write daily in my grateful journal is I am grateful for all the positive people in my life who live life with enthusiasm and passion and dream of unlimited possibilities.