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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
~Denis Waitley
What would make you happy … really happy?
Is it more money, a new car, a promotion at work? Sometimes we get lost in the materialism that’s all around us and forget that happiness really lies within ourselves.
If we take a moment to reflect, our eyes can be opened to the joy behind what may seem on the surface, at least, to be the stumbling blocks in our lives.In The Road To Happiness: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, BJ Gallagher and Mac Anderson team up to provide 21 of those reflections. Today, I’d like to share one of them, “Thankful” by Nancie J. Carmody.

Live Inspired,
Michelle Sedas

Today’s Inspiration Comes From:

The Road To HappinessSimple Secrets to a Happy Life

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Until Midnight, March 6, 2012

Excerpted from The Road To Happiness
by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher

A thankful spirit is a healthy spirit. As the twists and turns of life lead to feelings of being out of control, sometimes our attitude is all that we have control over…the following reflection may help you develop a thankful attitude. Sometimes life is all about how we look at it!
I am thankful for…
  • the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
  • the taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.
  • a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
  • my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
  • the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
  • all of the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
  • my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
  • the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
  • the alarm that goes off early in the morning hours because it means that I am alive.
  • the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
  • weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

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