Gratitude Right Now

I am more and more grateful every day. Yes, I am grateful for the people in my life and the things and experiences I enjoy, but it is even more than all of this. I have a deep abiding feeling of gratitude that colors my world.

Ernest Holmes once wrote one of the most beautiful statements about gratitude. He said, “An attitude of gratitude is most salutary and bespeaks the realization that we are in Heaven.”This sums up how I feel today, on Thanksgiving Day and fortunately this is the feeling I get to carry with me passed this day and onward. I get to carry it because having this attitude of gratitude is a choice. It didn’t just fall upon me and it didn’t happen because this or that happened in my life. It is a choice that I have made by choosing to live my life just as it is, and yet knowing I can make new choices every day.

I was really thinking about this as I woke up on this Thanksgiving Day. I think that the times in my life when I was living rather unhappily was when I was wanting my life to be something other than it was, even though I had made the choices that brought it to where it was.

Nothing happens to me and everything happens through me. When I truly got this and realized that my life is my choice and that the things I am experiencing have come about because of my choices, I could sigh a big sigh filled with gratitude for having the opportunity to just be alive and right where I am and to be a being of choice.

I am not with my family of biology today. I could say that I didn’t choose this, but I did. I chose to start a Center and move across an ocean and to be here today. I am grateful today, instead of being guilty. I have spent a lot of my life in guilt cheese sandwiches. No, I am grateful and I know that everything is exactly as it should be. Life is eternal and heaven is right here and now, with all my choices bringing me to this moment.

Last night, someone was leaving our Gratitude Celebration at CSL Kaua’i, and I said something about birthing the New Heaven on Earth. That person just said very simply, “We are already here.”

Yes, we are here. The birth pains are still churning, but we must believe we are here. Gratitude for everything is the midwife to our New Heaven on Earth. Heaven reveals itself through an attitude of gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love and Aloha,

Rev. Rita

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