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What Are Your Top 10 Blessings?

By Valorie Burton
Author and Motivational Speaker

CBNMoney.comI'd like to share a simple, but important, reminder. It is an excerpt from the first chapter of my first book, Rich Minds, Rich Rewards: 52 Ways to Enhance, Enrich and Empower Your Life:

"The difference between 'not enough' and 'more than enough' is your attitude," noted Bishop T.D. Jakes at a conference I attended in July 1999. That quote seems quite fitting for this mini-chapter. As we live our lives from day to day, it can be easy to take so much of what we have for granted. For example, when we are unhappy in a job and we are looking for a new one, sometimes the last thing that we think to do is to thank God for the job that we dislike. When we want to purchase a new home, it is too rare that we stop to appreciate the roof we currently have over our heads. When we are working to get a "new body," we should not fail to be thankful for the fact that the one we have right now is able to walk, talk, and breath. We can get so wrapped up in trying to get what we don't have that we don't take time to appreciate what we do have.

I know these things may sound very basic, but it is the most "basic" aspects of our lives, those things that we often don't even give a second thought to, that we should be most grateful for. It is these "basic" things—people, places, or our well being—that could devastate us most if we had to live without them. When you come to understand what is most important to you, and then make it a priority in your life to honor and take care of those aspects of your life, then you find your center. Your center is that place you discover when your life is healthy and balanced. It takes some true soul searching to find it and it takes practice to maintain it. But once you find that peaceful, joyful place called your center, you'll always feel off balance when you leave it.

One way to stay centered is to count your blessings every day. Why is it important to do it every day? Because it can be too easy to fall into the habit of taking life for granted and feeling sorry for yourself when things don't go the way you had hoped. By counting your blessings, you remember just how rich you are—in spirit, in family, in friendships, in health, in career, in education, in personality, and the list goes on.

Count your blessings in the mornings. It is a very uplifting way to begin the day. After all, a new day is just one more blessing that you have to be thankful for. Try this exercise: Turn off all the noise around you, and go to a place where you can find as much solitude as possible. Close your eyes. Breath deeply and slowly. Now think about all that you have to be thankful for. Stay in this quiet state for at least five minutes. When you finish, write down everything that came to mind.

My Blessings:

It's a pretty good list isn't it?

Journaling assignment:

What do you consistently complain about? What aspect of your life do you choose to see the negative without balancing it by acknowledging God's blessings in the situation? What do you need to be more grateful for?

My challenge to you this week:

When you find yourself feeling down or feeling sorry for yourself, take out your "Top 10 Blessings" list. Read it and be thankful for what you do have instead of focusing on what you don't have.

Valorie BurtonA sought-after life coach and speaker, Valorie Burton seeks to inspire people to live more fulfilling, less stressful lives. She is the author of Listen to Your Life, What’s Really Holding You Back?, Rich Minds, Rich Rewards, Why Not You? 28 Days to Authentic Confidence, and How Did I Get So Busy?.


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