Musings on The Path to Enlightenment – The Power of Gratitude

You might recall that a few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on my thoughts and “musings” on my attempted path to a higher consciousness, or to enlightenment.

To see the previous post click here.

Today I want to talk to you about the power of gratitude.  Gratitude is one of the most fundamentally important components of spiritual growth.  It all starts with gratitude.  You can’t grow without first being grateful about where you are now, even if you don’t like where you are now!

You may have been dealt some pretty nasty cards in your life, and you may be misarbele at the moment, but even if that is the case you should still be grateful for what you have.  For one thing, it could be worse, right?  Trust me, there’s always someone who’s less fortunate than you, and that should make you grateful for what you have.

Gratitude Can Remove Bad Luck

Many years ago I had a guy working for me who was convinced that he was unlucky.  Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy!  Of course the more unlucky he thought he was, the more “bad luck” he attracted.

Anyway, one day he and I were talking, and I told him that the only reason he was unlucky was because he subconsciously attracted bad luck, because he saw himself as unlucky.  His reaction was “Okay, but I don’t know how to stop thinking like that.”  I then offered him the solution, I told him that he should develop a mind set of gratitude.  Every morning he should wake up and list all the things he’s thankful for.

I told him that if he did this long enough his bad luck would disappear.  Well, he tried it and reported a few weeks later that it worked! That’s the power of gratitude!  Of course this is something Islam (and I suspect all major religions) has been espousing for a long time.  The words Alhamdulilah are a lot more powerful than people realise.

Whenever you go through a tough period just remind yourself how lucky you are.  It really helps.

Okay, I can almost hear some people thinking, Yeah!  But I don’t  have anything to be thankful for! Really?  Are you sure?  I bet if you thought hard and long enough, you’d come up with a few things.  It doesn’t have to be anything big.  The point is not so much to be grateful for the “thing”, but rather to develop the mind set of gratitude.

I heard personal development guru Dr. Joe Vitale say that when he first heard about this concept about 30 years ago or so, when he was a struggling writer he couldn’t come up with a single thing he could be thankful for.  When pushed the only thing he could think about was the pencil he was holding.  At the time his dream was to be a successful author, so he forced himself to be thankful for the pencil.  At first he  was cynical and thought okay, I’m thankful for the pencil because I could use it to write a suicide note!

But as he thought about it he started feeling genuinely thankful for it because that simple pencil could help him write great works, and maybe even a best seller.  After a few minutes he felt really grateful for the pencil, and he started to feel much better about his life and his dire situation.

A Gratitude List

You can take this concept further by actually making a list of things you’re thankful for.  Allow me to share my list.  Here goes:

1) I’m thankful for my wonderful wife and kids that make me happier than I’ve ever thought possible.

2) My wonderful, supporting parents, to whom I owe an incalculable debt of gratitude for all that they did for me while growing up, and what they continue to do to this day.

3) My siblings and their families.  Knowing that you have a solid family around you makes all the difference.

4) My extended family from both sides.

5) My amazing friends.  Though I don’t get to see them as much as I would like to, I enjoy it tremendously when I do get to spend time with them.

6) My businesses and the truly amazing people that work in them.  I’m blessed to work in fields where I can literally help hundreds and hundreds of people improve their lives.  I’m beyond grateful for that.  And I honoured and privileged to have those Team Members that work for me to have chosen me as their employer.

7) I’m thankful for the customers that frequent my businesses.  Without them the businesses wouldn’t even exist.  I’m especially thankful for the parents who have entrusted us to teach their children how to defend themselves and develop their confidence.

8 )  My excellent health.  I very rarely get sick and I’m quite fit.  I’m sooooo thankful for that.

9) My wealth, my home and my material possessions.

10) I’m grateful for Bahrain, and for the circumstances that brought me here.  Yes you read that correctly.  It may not be perfect but it’s a great place to raise a family.  I’m thankful I wasn’t born in a different, poverty-stricken Third World country where the chance of success would have been miniscule.

11) I’m thankful for you, who have shown interest in what I have to say 🙂

I could go on and on.  I could probably list 30 things or more.  I go through my gratitude list once a week.  It makes me feel good.  Also, the more grateful you are for things the more you will attract the same into your life.

I advise you to make your own list and review it regularly.  I know of some people who go through their gratitude list daily.

Well by friend, thanks for taking the time to read this and talk to you soon.  Make sure to leave your comments at the bottom 🙂

PS  I almost forgot, it’s my birthday today :p  And I’m grateful for being able to live a year longer on God’s beautiful earth.  I’m 36 years young and feeling great!  What else could a person ask for, right?  Alhamdulilah

A surprise birthday cake arranged by the Falak team after today's daily huddle.  From left, Gero, Gemma, Maria, Vinod, me, Shehab, Ahmed and Saba.

A surprise birthday cake arranged by the Falak team after today's daily huddle. From left, Gero, Gemma, Maria, Vinod, me, Shehab, Ahmed and Saba.

2 Responses to Musings on The Path to Enlightenment – The Power of Gratitude

  1. S 27 May 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    Happy belated birthday Suhail- hope you had a good one! Appreciate the post.

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