Daily Gratitude Reflections Volume 2 is a potent source of inspiration and encouragement to you, whenever you need a remembrance of all there is to be grateful for. These daily guides can be started on any day of the year, and are a splendid way to begin your morning, or to read before bedtime. Or to pick out a passage randomly to see what message the Universe is sending to you!
You are invited to use these Daily Gratitude Reflections on a daily basis. Start any time of the year, or right on New Year’s Day. Or you can just pick a passage randomly, then watch how the Universe surprises you with the perfect one!
Gratitude is a huge passion for me, is an integral part of my life, and has grown since I first started consciously practicing being grateful in the early 2000s. It has exponentially improved my own life. I went from being a complainer and enjoying regular pity-parties for no reason, really, to realizing how nonproductive that was. Why not look at what is right, what is going well, rather than focusing on problems?! This was a revelation for me.
Sometimes it feels like I am too repetitive, yet there are some important tenets in which I believe, and they do keep showing up in my gratitude reflections! My spiritual path, with all its twists and turns, brought me to discover the Centers for Spiritual Living in 1998, and since then, I deepen my faith every year. I firmly believe God is everywhere (as I was actually taught as a young girl with a Catholic upbringing). However, God is not a he or she, but omniscient. Each of us – all flora, all creatures, and every bit of nature and the stars beyond – are all part of this Presence. And God IS synonymous with love. With our free choice, we can create a heavenly life or a hellish existence. I choose love and peace and joy and harmony and beauty, and all the good stuff. So please forgive me for this repetition.
One of the people I most admire, Helen Keller, managed to find gratitude constantly, and chronicled it for us, despite her physical afflictions that would be too much for most people to handle. Viktor Frankl is another person I so admire, who survived the Holocaust, and consciously kept his spirits up, and wrote his monumental book Man’s Search for Meaning. The Dalai Lama, although exiled from his beloved country Thailand, forgave the Chinese leaders who pushed him out, and lives in peace and love, despite what he has gone through and is now a venerated, positive, ever-so-joyful spiritual world leader. I strive to be a person like them! I strive to be forever optimistic, and to find the pearls of good even in bad times.
It has been seven years or more since I started writing Daily Gratitude Reflections to my email subscribers. The Reflections in this book are the cream of the crop from the last three years. Please enjoy them . . .
– DAY 3 –
“Soft, fluid and ever changing, a jellyfish surrenders to the ocean’s drifts and currents . . . by letting go, it gets to where it needs to go. We can learn a lesson from the jellyfish: Soften, let go, be patient and you will get where you need to go. Surrender is powerful.”
I embrace surrender and letting go even though that goes against the tenaciousness in me. I soften my assured stance and trust that Spirit leads me. I need not fight against any currents. I am right where I need to be in every moment.
I am grateful for this wisdom. I am grateful for letting God and letting go.
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Deborah Perdue is the author of five books on her very favorite topic and passion, Gratitude. She also teaches workshops, classes and facilitates women’s retreats on the topics of gratitude, abundance and how to live a life of peace and joy. It is her passion to help others transform their lives, as she has transformed her own through her spiritual path, and the power of being grateful! She has been a Center for Spiritual Living licensed practitioner for over 14 years.
Living in the country in Oregon, her home office overlooks beautiful forested land, and is near the famous Rogue River where she, her husband and two dogs visit, and swim, almost every day in the summer. She hails from the Bay Area, CA where she spent 45 years until moving to Southern Oregon.