Tuesday, July 9, 2013
BUST OUT THE GRATITUDE ROCK!
Good day and I hope you are having a great week. When I first watched and then read the book The Secret, I was really struck by the lesson of Gratitude. I remember one of the teachers ( Lee Brower) told the story about a “Gratitude Rock” that served as a reminder to be thankful. The premise was that a guest saw him drop a rock when he reached for his keys and asked what this was. He explained that it was a reminder tool to be thankful for all he has. As when he would reach for his keys and the rock in the morning to put them in his pocket, he would start to be thankful for all the blessing he had and at the end of the day when he put his keys and the stuff in his pocket back on the dresser he would again see the rock and be thankful for the great things during his day. The friend called it a “Gratitude Rock”. That story immediately vibrated with me and I got a nice smooth rock and an engraving tool I had just received and I proceeded to engrave the words GRATITUDE on it. I carried it everywhere. In fact if you saw me at one of my talks, you would have noticed I played with it on stage. I talked about it to everyone. I was at peace when I routinely used it. For some reason I stopped carrying it around with me when we had our second daughter until recently.
One thing may or may not have anything to do with the other, but I seem to lose my patience with my kids quicker these days. So when the other day I ran across my gratitude rock again, I took it as an answer to my prayers to be more patient with my kids. During the day whenever I touch or feel my rock, I go through a list of the things I am thankful for and top on the list is the health of my babies, and how blessed I am to have them. The constant reminder somehow makes the little naughty things they do pale in comparison and I have noticed I don’t reach for the “time out” card as often as I used to. It is amazing the benefits that you gain from gratitude. During one of the round of gratitude, I was shown a new technique to deal with the daily challenges that pop up in our busy day, which I will cover in next week’s blog post. So keep an eye out for the blog post entitles “Interval Meditating”. It just occurred to me out of the blue because I was on the vibration of gratitude and more opportunities came to me to be thankful. It is The Law.
Getting back to this Gratitude Rock thing, it is amazing how well it works to keep you centered and the mundane things really do not knock you down anymore. Imagine this example: when you just got into your car and feel the rock as you sit down and go through a round of the things you are grateful for, it becomes difficult to get pissed off at the person that cuts you off coming out of the parking lot, even the traffic on the freeway will not seem as bad. In fact when things start to irritate me now, I find myself instinctively reaching for my pocket just to touch my Gratitude Rock, and calm down. If you see me speaking now, you will again notice me playing with the rock in my hand as I walk around the stage. It is difficult to get nervous when I feel so grateful.
Anything can be a reminder. I like the rock because as I travel, it is easier to go through the airport security with it. Even when I pass through the Body Scanners, I hold the rock in my hand and it sometimes becomes a cause of some interesting discussions that put the TSA officers at ease as well. Maybe even reminds them to express some gratitude.
Sometimes we all need to go back to the basics. Simple things make huge impacts in our lives. So bust out your gratitude rock.