Self-motivation without gratitude is impossible. Our energy is "sapped" when our
entire focus is on what's wrong instead of what is right with our lives. One of our greatest
challenges is to live and love in spite of pain and disappointment...to find gratitude in the midst
of it all.
Reflect for a moment on this beautiful quote from Melody Beattie:
"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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for
The Strangest Secret
George Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what
they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who
get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."
Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this believed
(for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.
Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and
whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry - his life becomes one of
frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.
How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it
works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human
Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the
farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to
the farmer to make the decision.
We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land,
doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you
Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn,
the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both
seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the
land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.
As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful
abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.
The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the
land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete,
worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant it
must return to us.
You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It
contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.