Updated: Jul 31
28 Days of Gratitude – Day 6
Today I am truly grateful that my family has been blessed with a roof over our head, comfortable beds to sleep in and food in the cupboard. I am grateful for all those items essential to survival.
Although many of us want for more… do we actually need more?
It might be nice to have that one extra thing, but in all truth, I have all that I need right here. In fact, I am blessed with more than enough.
Sometimes we focus far too much attention on what we don’t have, that we forget to be grateful for what we do have. Like that warm cosy jumper or blanket. Or perhaps, support services available at a reduced price, or for free. Or even something as simple as a functioning body that allows us to do; and eyes that allow us to see.
And so, it’s good to take stock of all those blessings we have been showered with, as opposed to focusing in on what we don’t have today.
Do we have less than our friends or family? If we do, does it really matter? Have we created some sort of competition within our minds?
Do we have a glass half empty, or a glass half full?
I think most of us hold an awareness that there are people out there without a home to live in, or a comfortable bed to sleep in – they might go days without food. Some don’t even have clean water to draw from. To have just these basics is a true blessing.
At various times within my life, I have gone to the supermarket to buy food with barely any money. During these times I have been amazed at how resourceful I can be. A person can do a lot with $30. Alternatively, they could choose to buy the most expensive meat available and observe as the money burns a hole in their wallet. That’s not to say that a person should be made to feel bad about choosing the most expensive steak or an expensive bottle of wine. There was never anything wrong with a person buying for themselves. It’s more to say that when needed it is possible to make that same $30 stretch much further. It is an amazing thing when we shift our mindset from lack, towards an appreciation for what we do have, and our own creative resourcefulness.
I have learned to continue to be grateful whenever I am called to make my money stretch that little bit further. I have learned to be very grateful for having the money needed to cover each bill.
There’s no point in becoming stressed or worried over what must be paid… I have found that to be a waste of precious energy. There is more power in refocusing this energy into what I can do right now to ensure that we can cover that bill. It might mean creating a payment plan… it might be finding an innovative way to make money… it might give us a prompt to ask for that pay rise we have been hoping for … or perhaps it will be to sell something that is no longer useful.
A bill is just a bill. It allows us access to electricity, water, our car… and so we give to receive.
Physically we see money as a number in a bank account, or paper, or plastic, or some type of metal that has been cut and printed on to give it meaning. If we hadn’t attached some sort of meaning to money, it would be nothing.
I have learned to, as I go through the checkout, be thankful I have the necessary funds to buy the food that my family needs today. I remember a time when I had 1c left in the bank account after doing a food shop. I had just enough money to buy the essential food needed for that week. I used to pay more attention to what is going out, and not so much attention to what I have – and what is coming in.
A person who has felt what it is like to be broke at some point in their life will hold a far greater appreciation for the money that they have.
It becomes far more difficult to shift out of a poverty mindset when that is all we have known; and when that is all we are focusing on. So be mindful of comparing yourself to or judging those around you for what they do or don’t have.
If you don’t have much right now, then focus on what you do have… and focus on what you can do today to shift you into that place you want to be. It is often through many small shifts that we make the greatest progress.
I express my deepest gratitude today that I am blessed with all the resources that I have and will ever need to survive, both today and in all my tomorrows.
In the energy of the New Moon I also ask that true blessings be bestowed upon all who read my ramblings either today, or any other day for that matter. Keep being beautifully you.
This content is created by Rachel Reeves, who has always been a deep thinker. She previously played the supporting role in the lives of those around her, and very much held back on sharing this gift fully with other's. This is Rachel stepping very much out of her comfort zone, into what she now knows to be her inner calling, and sharing her thoughts with the world.
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