So many folks think that Personal Sustainability is all about the Power of Attraction or Abundance. While that is a part of Personal Sustainability, it is not what I am focusing on with my Personal Sustainability work. In fact, the focus is on our relationship with money and how that affects our Personal Sustainability. The main areas begin with the money relationship and spread out to the energy and the power of the mind, body, and spirit. But to get there, the money relationship needs to be explored and eventually understood before any significant change in any part of our lives can occur.
The fundamentals of money — saving and spending– are a part of the money relationship; but, once again, that is not my focus. My focus with a Personal Sustainability slant is being comfortable with making decisions about money, no matter how much or how little you have. There could be volumes written about this, but most people only want to get more and how to do that. Not my thing. My thing is the energy and the power of money. And money does have energy, just as you do; and money has power inasmuch as it allows you to become Personally Sustainable in your mind, your body, and your spirit.
I am often asked how do I decide what to write about daily, and that is an interesting question. Today, and on many days when I am experiencing positive energy and power from meditation and nature–I have already walked 1.5 miles in nature this morning, I allow the words to flow. There may be an inspiration as today’s is from a favorite spiritual leader, Michael Bernard Beckwith. There may be an emotion or feeling that is yelling to be shared. But the most powerful are when I am hearing the main idea in my head over and over. That is what I am writing about today: Gratitude.
Without defining “enlightened” which could be a whole book by itself, I want to talk about “gratitude”. And gratitude is personal. I can just wake up feeling grateful. I can feel grateful when I get home safe at night with a dashboard indicator light popping on during my freeway drive. I can be thankful seeing a whole yard of the most beautiful golden yellow leaves that have fallen with the windy days we have had . I can be thankful when Trader Joe’s has the couscous I need for a special dish. It does not have to be big, and it does not have to be major. It is the little things that warm my heart and my soul and sometimes bring me to tears.
The above photo is of simple candle given to me by my 3+year old grandson, Liam, after giving me a piece of chocolate cake with this candle lit in it and singing happy birthday to me on my recent birthday! He told me to take my candle home…Yes, that gives me goosebumps I am so grateful not only for the candle but for the thoughtfulness and love this small child has! These are small things that are oh so big and so heartwarming. That candle is on my desk where I work, and I cannot look at it without the feeling of thankfulness for small blessings.
As we continue on the Personal Sustainability path, gratitude and thankfulness will appear frequently. This is an energizing attitude, emotion, and feeling that is necessary to become Sustainable, Personal and Universally.