The Magic of Gratitude

I encountered the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne a number of years ago.  Over the course of a few years I worked through most of what she’d published.  The last was The Magic because it required I actually participate in daily exercises.  Up until a few years ago I didn’t believe I had the ability to complete something in a timely fashion. Come to find out it wasn’t that I didn’t have the ability to; my life at that time wasn’t conducive to it.

The Magic is a book that helps you find gratitude in your life.  It requires 28 days and while it’s best if you do it every day,  if you miss a day you’ll still learn how to appreciate the things that fill your life.  When you start to see things to be grateful for the world begins to change.  In today’s society it’s so easy to get bogged down by the negative.  We don’t like our jobs, our politicians are corrupted, corporations have too much power, our relationships leave us empty, the world is going to hell and there is nothing we can do.

I get it.  I used to feel that way too.  Sometimes I still find myself struggling with the hopelessness of it all.  I mean, I’ve been living with cancer for almost a decade now.  The society I live in promotes cancer, at least mainstream society.  Cancer and healthcare in general is a for profit business.  I want to chase my dreams, but first I have to ensure I have a healthy body that can chase them.  I could get stuck in the spiral, and I have, probably a half a dozen times.  This last one was a doozy, but… I’m grateful for the ability to learn.

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The first time I decided to do The Magic I didn’t complete it.  I made it to Day Twelve.  Two or maybe three weeks later I was told the breast cancer had returned.  I cut myself some slack for not completing the exercises that year.  I felt like hell at this point in my life.  The goal had been to do it at the beginning of every year.  I had made it almost halfway through while struggling with some major health issues.  I tried again in March, but I only made it through Day One.

I didn’t pick it back up again until the next year (2017).  The following January I started the process all over again and this time I did complete it.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  I needed it too.  While I’ve become a pretty grateful person I’m not sure there is such a thing as too much gratitude.  I also know that I can absorb what surrounds me and if that’s negative or sarcastic or fearful or any number of other energies over time I begin to spread that same energy.  I forget to be grateful for what I have.  When I finished the book and the exercises I felt joy at completing a task I had set for myself, but also I was grateful and better able to see things to be grateful for.  It’s cold and snowy out?  Great, I’m grateful that I have a warm house.  The roads are horrible?  Great, I’m grateful that I can snuggle up with a good book.

I’ve had a number of people wonder how I can be the way I am.  How can I take lemons and make lemonade?  Practice and The Magic is one of the tools I use to make sure I keep the skill honed.  After completing the book in 2017 I decided I was going to do it every year and preferably at the beginning of the year.  It seems to work best for me since I live in Michigan and the days are short, cold, and often gray. Since there are 28 days of tasks and since the New Year is already full of intentions I decided it would be better if I started it in February and even more fun if I started it on February 1st.  Last year I missed my start date, but by mid-February I was in full swing again and once again I saw my task through.  I had meant to blog about it, but I never did, instead I set a new goal for 2019.

And here we are, February 1st, 2019.  I’ve completed Day One of my task and created a list of 11 Blessings.  The exercise is to come up with 10 Blessings, but since 11 is my lucky number and because I’m working on my Master level in gratitude I figure I should add one.  Why is it called The Magic when it’s a book about gratitude?  Because gratitude can transform your life and every time I do it I see the synchronicities increase.  People call when I’m thinking about them, I get more gifts from random people; problems seem to melt away without my intervention.

You don’t have to purchase the book to take part in the gratitude exercises.  Simply google “The Magic Day 1” and you’ll find a blog or website that will supply you with the task for a given day.  I’ve had a couple of friends join me on this journey in the past and it’s fun to compare notes.

Here is a good blog that provides you with an easy to follow format.  http://themagicofthesecret.blogspot.com/2012/04/day-1-count-your-blessings.html

If you do it, I’d love to hear from you and your experiences!  If you’ve done it in the past and can remember some magic please share so others can get some idea of what they could see in their lives.  I’m excited to see what appears in my life over the next month.


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