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Have you noticed that when you put your energy and focus into feeling badly, unfulfilled and angry, you find yourself in a paralyzed state of mind?

You may be anxious or extremely frustrated because despite how hard you work to achieve what brings you the best in your life, you may continue to question what’s missing.

Your doubts can prevail and you may feel the tide will never turn in your favor. And what lingers is an emptiness that calls out to you saying, “When’s it going to be my turn?

Finding happiness and the success you deserve actually begins with gratitude.

Wayne Dyer said,

“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.”

Whenever I get caught up in what’s not right in my world, I remind myself that life’s better than I realize–and getting caught up in the idea of all that ‘I don’t have’ won’t make me a happier person.

Melody Beattie shares some wonderful words that apply to people who practice living life with a grateful heart,

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

These words are especially important to a writer. Content that flows from your heart and not your head resonates more easily for your reader–bringing a value that supports something we all need in our lives.

Many people are looking for answers. These answers can create movement, accomplishment, and help you to enjoy life. When you build content that serves a purpose for others, there’s value and connection.

As a writer, you have the power to produce the answers to what may be missing in the lives of many. You can be the reason why people change how they live, and be the one who enhances a natural life balance where bliss and pleasure become a common event, rather than something that rarely shows up.

Each morning I have a routine that sets me up for a productive day that includes writing. I always start the day with gratitude:

  • No matter what my current circumstances may be, I’m thankful for the little things in life.
  • My top blessings include my family and having yet another day to live in good health.

Finding your inspiration to write isn’t difficult. The difficulty’s when you allow yourself to forget that each day’s a blessing. It’s within your control to experience a life filled with good things.

My daughter returned home not long ago from a two-year residence in New York City. She learned everything possible about running a dance company while living there.

Upon her return to Reno, she started her own contemporary dance company. She never gave up on achieving her dream. Soon after knocking on many doors, a flood of opportunities arrived for her dance company. She never allowed the obstacles she faced to deter her, and she continues to succeed.

Each of you has specific talents and gifts you were born with that ought to be nurtured in your life. Loving what you do and sharing what you do with others is what matters.

Never be afraid to try and to take a leap of faith, believing in the possibility of what you were meant to do.

You shortchange yourself if you sit back and not count every moment you breathe as a chance to make a difference.

Be inspired with each new day. Choose gratitude and see your writing come to life.

Join me for today’s writing invitation and begin your day by doing something positive. Take five minutes to pray, express your thanks, or meditate on the potential of a day filled with accomplishment.

Add your comments below or write to me at [email protected] with any additional thoughts. Have a day filled with blessings and gratitude.

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