The Magic of Gratitude

A few years ago, I  realized that what gives me the  most joy is helping others—even with just a simple random act of kindness.

helga weber-flicker photo

Helga Weber- flicker photo

And yet there were many moments when I would get impatient with people,  upset at drivers and grumble in other ways -keeping me away from my joy.

So one day I created a daily mantra “Open my heart completely that I may have true compassion and be of service to the world.”

And every morning since, I have made a ritual of saying that mantra and then listing my gratitudes -both in journals and  vocally while I was driving to my first destination of the day.  And I would find my days flowing smoothly.

And yet- I started to feel the rest of my days going back to the old habits of getting irritated by little things. .

…Until  a dream I had a few weeks ago, where I was shown by a dream guide how to FEEL completely thankful for EVERYTHING. .. by breathing  gratitude through my heart and visualizing everything with warmth and thanks..

And yesterday I was given affirmation of it’s worth:

I went out to my car to head out to the golf course to walk and then go to the grocery store. Yet my car wouldn’t start. My lights had not been on all night, there had been no indication that this would happen. Was it a bad battery, or my altinator?.

A new transmission was put in my car 17 months ago and it’s never been up to par since, but every day I had felt love and gratitude for it’s detemination to get me to my destinations. I call my car my velveteen rabbit–so loved by me, but so worn.

I called for a tow and realized that  I was NOT getting upset and overwrought because I was put out and I wasn’t worried about the money I would most likely need to spend to fix it.-

I was feeling  gratitude for it being a Sunday- and not needing to be somewhere and for being within walking distance of both the grocery store and  my mechanic. I knew I could reschedule my Monday with ease. I was comfortably at home and not 2 hours away where I had driven back and forth everyday last week.

My cat and I played  while I was waiting , and when “Red” showed up, he suggested we tow it to the auto supply store for a new battery. Oh- that’s a hopeful thought- but what if it’s not the battery? So “Red” had me pop my hood- then he moved a plug and asked me to start the car–and it did start!

I didn’t have to spend any money, I didn’t have to change my schedule on Monday…and as I headed to my walking spot an hour later, I ran into a friend I haven’t seen in a while. An added gift!

I came across this quote from Meister Eckhart and I now know how true it is:

If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. –


kharied / photo on flickr



Have you felt the magic of gratitude in your life?







About lynadawn

Faux finisher certified w/ City and Guilds of London Dec Art and Restoration. Author, teacher, consultant, co-host Artistically Speaking Radio Show. Also creative brainstormer, love to laugh, latte anyone?
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4 Responses to The Magic of Gratitude

  1. cindy says:

    Thanks for that Lyna. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in being irritated. I know there have been times that my mind grabs hold of some ‘injustice’ I’ve had done to me or inconvenience, and just won’t let it go. I’m the one who ends up making myself miserable stewing over it. I too have been making a real effort of late to ‘let it go’. When I do, the world is a different place with so much to appreciate.

  2. lynadawn says:

    That’s so true, Cindy–and the secret of gratitude is to really FEEL it–et it be a part of you.

  3. Julie Dexter says:

    Very nice writing, Lyna! And so true!!! It is hard for all of us to remember that “Everyday is a good day”. We can paint our day any color, so why not make the best of each day, each situation and see the cup half-full instead of half empty.
    Thank YOU, Lyna!!! xxoo

  4. lynadawn says:

    Julie- Thank you for taking the time to comment.
    I love the way you phrased it- you can paint your day Any color–
    so to that I say, Why not paint each day with your favorite color!

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