November 21, 2019
Join us as our own Franklin Taggart guest speaks for us on Sunday, November 24th. He will be speaking about gratitude.
The impetus for the talk on Sunday is a shift in my own experience of gratitude. I used to think of it as an end result, something that I should feel after I’ve gotten something I wanted or needed. Then at Thanksgiving dinner I could reflect on all the blessings I’ve been given and thank the appropriate deity. Sure, that’s an OK experience, but for me it had become a lifeless routine that was being done just for the sake of tradition. There was no vitality or meaning to it.
I started to wonder what it would be like if gratitude was an ongoing state of being. Not so much thankfulness to a higher power in exchange for something, but a recognition of the ongoing perpetual blessing of just being here, being alive, and the incredible odds that are being defied just to be human.
I also wondered about what life could be like if gratitude is the starting place. What if I welcome life just as it is, and accept it at face value, including the fact that there are things that I don’t like and that I wish I could change. One of the things that makes gratitude a higher state is that there isn’t much resistance involved in it. It’s a state of freedom in which there is awareness of unlimited abundance. If that was my baseline, how would that manifest in my behavior, in my effort, and in the results I might see?
Taken from Inbox Encouragement, November 20, 2019