Struggle Ends When Gratitude Begins

struggle2Love this gratitude quote from Neale Donald Walsch and had a first-hand illustration of it this week.

“The struggle ends when
the gratitude begins”

I think we know this intellectually, yet when in the midst of the struggle, we often forget.
Here’s what happened…

I had been having internet issues for a few days and it finally quit on Sunday. No internet at all, which is somewhat… let’s just say difficult. Something I heavily rely on (and too often take for granted) quit on me and I was not happy.

As soon as I felt myself getting annoyed, I remembered that quote and basically told myself to “Knock it off!” This was just an inconvenience that needed my attention; certainly nothing to get my tail feathers ruffled! Sure, it altered my plans, but in the grand scheme of life, it was a mole hill, not a mountain.

I called my internet provider, expecting them to help me sort it out, and they did. Steve couldn’t have been more helpful and the technology allowed him to diagnose the problem over the phone. As I suspected, it was the wireless router. Nothing $100 at Best Buy couldn’t fix!

While I didn’t want to spend $100 just to get back to where I had been a few days before, I was happy it wasn’t $200. And I was grateful I could afford to buy it. And I was appreciative of Steve’s expert assistance. But wait…there’s more!

Steve told me that just within the past two weeks, they began offering free wireless routers to all their customers. I would just need to go to their store (just 15 minutes away!) and pick one up.

The struggle was about to end and it didn’t cost me a dime, let alone $100. And it got me thinking about the role my gratitude played in scoring the free router. Of course I can’t “prove” anything, but I believe it really influenced how well it all turned out.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Do you think catching ourselves (mentally) before our feathers get too terribly ruffled impacts the outcome?
Do you think it’s just coincidence and nothing to get all excited about?
Do you think the struggle ends when the gratitude begins?

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What I Learned About Goal Achieving from a Purple Candle

This week we’re doing Experiment #2 from E-Squared by Pam Grout. As a group, we set out to explore the theory that
we impact the field of potentiality (FP) and draw from it based on our beliefs and expectations. Continue reading

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Things I “know for sure that just ain’t so”

If you’ve been anywhere near me in the past six months, you’ve undoubtedly heard about my love affair with #1 NY Times Bestseller, E-Squared by Pam Grout. This is, perhaps THE best resource I’ve found to help us truly understand how our thoughts create our reality.  Continue reading

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How a Magician’s Scarf Kept Me Motivated; a Metaphor from E-Squared

scarfWhile putting the finishing touches on my newest coaching program, I gained some great insight from a metaphor in the book E-Squared, by Pam Grout. (I LOVE when that happens!) Grout says… Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to E2

The very first experiment in my new favorite book, E2 by Pam Grout, tells us to ask for a blessing or unexpected gift from the “Field of Potentiality” (the FP) or God or the Universe or Infinite Intelligence or whatever higher power you believe in. You set a 48 hour limit and you ask for “a thumbs up, a clear sign, something that cannot be written off as coincidence.” Continue reading

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It’s Always/Never a Good Time

alwaysneverAs I put the finishing touches on my next master mind program and choose the day/time/start date, in my mind it feels like it is always-never a good time to promote something new. When you think about it, there’s always some reason why this day or that month or this time would not be desirable. Continue reading

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What Didn’t Go Wrong?

fallThis morning, as I walked down the stairs to make the coffee and start my day, I nearly fell. I caught myself and no harm was done, except for an abrupt WAKE UP from the Universe. GOOOOOOOD Morning!!!
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Don’t Panic; Feel Grateful

Just re-learned a great lesson from a client. I say RE-learned because it is definitely something I already know, yet I don’t always remember. The lesson is that we need to appreciate things we already have; like our heart beating or our air conditioning working or, as my client is now experiencing, the software which runs his entire company functioning.
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The Best Things in Life Really ARE Free!

A week or so before Mother’s Day, I sent my three children the following email:

GOOD Morning Children!
In case you are wondering what to get your Mombo for Mothers’ Day, a Love List from each of you would make me VERY happy. For various reasons, all of you have limited funds this year, and I would feel really great about you NOT spending any of it on me :-P . Continue reading

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Writing About Writing

Sherry Richert Belul invited me to participate in a Writer’s Blog Hop. Since I love Sherry AND I love writing, I said “YES Maam!” Below are my answers to the Blog Hop questions, which I enjoyed pondering and eventually answering. Continue reading

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