Every now and again, I find myself in the bowels of Costco realizing clever marketers have rearranged the store and the search for Swiffers begins anew. I imagine tiny elves with impish smiles wearing Costco tee shirts anticipating tomorrows opening and check-out lines with carts filled to the brim. “It worked again” they giggle as they hover above unseen and smug.
At times, I approach life like I approach Costco with expectation, anticipation and a limited amount of patience. I think I know what I want, how much I want, where to find it, where to put it and most certainly convinced that I need it and need it now.
Attention shoppers: “todays special can be found on aisle 5 for a limited time only. I can’t help but wonder if it’s on my list of must haves, need it now, and can’t live without it. I don’t even know what it is, but suspect strongly that I just have to have it. So off I go to aisle 5. There on both sides of the aisle stacked from floor to ceiling are books labeled “Magic Lessons.” Immediately I open the book and to my amazement there’s only one sentence. “If you make the most of what you have it turns into more.”
The moral of the story is to say thank you, until you mean it. Thank God, life, and the universe for everything sent our way. Be grateful. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn problems into gifts, failures into successes, a mundane meal into a feast, and mistakes into important events.
Gratitude makes things right. Gratitude transforms negative energy into positive energy. There is no situation, no circumstance, no person, place or thing that is not susceptible to gratitude’s power.
Go back to aisle 5 and say thank you until you mean it and let gratitude work its magic in your life. After all, if you make the most of what you have it always turns into more….more of what you need and less of what you think you want. See you on aisle 5.