Friday, October 5, 2012

Just Simple Abundance

"You only live once--but if you work it right, once is enough"....Joe E. Lewis

How often do you express your gratitude? I think we are all probably guilty of not doing this enough. If we do not acknowledge all that we have then how can we expect more fortune to come our way? It's so simple, yet this is an item that often falls off the radar as we get swept up in the daily grind. We focus too much time and energy on our complaints of the little things that bothered us during the day. The long line at the bank or the tough deadline at work. It's tough to fit in all in these days, but it's important to never succumb to negativity or expect perfection. It's a recipe for disaster.

One of my favorite reminders of this principal is the book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The author features a quote and short essay for every day of the year reminding us to celebrate ourselves, the good fortune in our lives and the little things that bring us joy. Even on a bad day we can find five things we appreciate. Ban Breathnach encourages readers to start a journal and write down these things every day. I have done this off on, and many times my entries did get repetitive but who cares? This is for you and your eyes only. It's an opportunity to say thank you for your blessings. It also trains your mind to think differently as your attention focuses on what you do have rather than what you do not.

I am also excited to read her latest book, Peace and Plenty, which explores our relationships with money. This is such a hairy subject and I'm intrigued about her advice. To learn more visit her website

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