Gratitude and Appreciation

No matter what life brings you, each person has the gratitude-rainbowspiral1ability to either be grateful and appreciative of the experience or they can be angry and disillusioned. The choice is always in your hands. Always.

Things Go Wrong Sometimes, Be Grateful

This is an easy idea to cope with when things are going well. There is plenty of money to do whatever you want, all of those you love are healthy and happy and the biggest decision that you need to make is what form of entertainment is in store for you this evening. Of course, you can be grateful and appreciative of this situation. Yet I know many people in just such a predicament and there is very little gratitude or appreciation.

3 Big Messages from Me to You

 

what messageWho hasn’t wanted to spread a valuable message to a large number of people all at once?  That is the draw of blogging and writing.  It is alluring to share advice because you hope all of your mistakes and bad experiences can help others.  It would be great to have my thoughts and ideas help other people in a broad way.

I am stating my message, I want to make it one that a reader might remember and might have a positive effect on them.  We can only deliver the message, it is up to others to decide if they want to hear what we have to say. Here are 3 big messages from me to you!

6 Factors of Positive Personal Tranformation

trustprocessAll things are changing at all times. Absolutely nothing or anybody stays exactly as they are right now. Either things are moving in a positive direction or they are becoming less positive and your life is a reflection of the transformation that you are experiencing in any area. Personal wealth, health, and relationships are developing each day and your choices fuel that process one way or another. Fortunately, we are creators and can take charge of the transformation process. Here are 6 factors that lead to positive personal change.

Develop a Positive Attitude

 

Some Personal Beliefs

my mind works overtime, sometimes
my mind works overtime, sometimes

 

I developed a post about my core beliefs a few years ago. I have experienced a lot since then, but it is remarkable that so much of what I believed has stood up to the test of time.

These personal beliefs are ever evolving but this is where they stand right now.

Getting Grateful

What are you most grateful for?

by Jonathan Hilton  

gratitude 111It is a difficult task indeed to start to think about what you are most grateful for. Many people will say money. Some will say love. Some will say family. Some will say something else entirely.

I am thankful for all these things, but to me there is no doubt that showing your gratitude is the most important thing to do. The feeling of gratitude is important.  So for me I guess the act of feeling grateful is the thing I am most grateful for today.  Here is why.

To Question is Always the Answer

questioneverythingThe ability to question things is one of the greatest gifts that people are given.  It is not a skill that I developed until recently in life but I think it should be one that our society encourages in all people, everywhere, all the time.

Why We Don’t Question Anything

For much of my life, I was conditioned to accept what authority symbols in my life told me.  Our parents started us off by giving us the rules of how we were supposed to behave and the baton of behavioral instruction was passed to teachers and religious Philo albertorganizations who managed to move me toward a fear based existence.   “Do what we say or you are wrong.”  That was the mantra of society.   

No Approval Needed

I-AM-who-I-AMI was reminded today that I am grateful that I don’t really care what anyone else thinks about what I think and do.

I was reading a website which reminded me of all of the times when we are young that it becomes difficult to be who you are. Peer pressure, to be what and who society tells us we should be limits us.  It can become a lifelong affliction if you aren’t careful. So today I am grateful that I don’t care what anyone else thinks about who I am and what I do.

The Voice In My Heart

“Everyone who has the will, can her their inner voice. It is within everyone.”  Gandhi

inner voiceToday I am particularly grateful for my inner voice and the fact that I am learning to listen to it.

Turn Down the Noise

Each of our minds are a nonstop factory of thought.  All of our waking hours there are new thoughts being created, old thoughts being revisited and other people’s thoughts being entertained. 002_InnerVoice_AR_241_pg247_600x480_Eleesha_Inspiration_Quote_Affirmation2 We can’t help but to think, it is the job of the mind.

What a Year

I learned people from Croatia are not good at hide and go seek
I learned people from Croatia are not good at hide and go seek

This is the end of the Super Gratitude Project on my website, it has been 31 days of nonstop gratitude.  I have looked for things to be grateful about and fortunately it hasn’t been all that hard.  For the final day I decided to express my gratitude for the entire year and all of the people I met. They changed my life!

Family First

quotes-and-images-family-love-family-quotes-24132It is Day 30 of the Super Gratitude Challenge which means, only one more day to go.  Today I am going write about how grateful I am for the experience of having a great family.  Not everything in my life was perfect but there are a lot of things to be grateful for and I want to share just a few.

My Grandparents

I was fortunate to have a relationship with all of my grandparents, which was unique and I treasure.  I also had the great good fortune of knowing all but one of my great grandparents as  well.  This extended family connection allowed me to be spoiled and feel like I was the center of a lot of people’s lives.

Thank You Great Story Tellers

ithinkthereforeiblogAs I move to Day 27 of my Super Gratitude Project I would be remiss if I didn’t show my gratitude for the experience of blogging itself.   I have been fortunate enough to fall into this strange little world and it has truly been a wonderful rabbit hole experience.

That’s Where I Come From

Today I am expressing my gratitude for Growing up in Greenville, Maine.  There have been few influences on my life greater than this.  The foundation of who I am today was built on the streets, in the school, in my home and with the people I shared the experience with.

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Winter is a long season in Greenville, it makes you tough. and you really like spring! the Katahdin is a iconic boat that cruises Moosehead Lake, and of course an image of Mt. Kineo. All images of home.
Winter is a long season in Greenville, it makes you tough and you really like spring! the Katahdin is an iconic boat that cruises Moosehead Lake, and of course an image of Mt. Kineo. All images of my youth and this wonderful place.

Small Town To Say the Least, Greenville, Maine

Greenville was and is a very small town, but it was the only town I knew as home as a child. There are two sides of the coin when you

Don’t Fear the Darkness

relax-and-succeed-i-am-grateful-for-the-darkness It seemed like there should be a mention of the gratitude I have for the down times, the darkness, and the sorrows of life.

Why am I grateful for these things?  Well, really there is no other choice because these things are going to exist whether I am grateful for them or not.  But when you think about it the presence of difficulties and hardships are a vital part of the journey.  They reveal much about ourselves, what we are really made off and force us to grow.

Let’s Get Creative!

Reaching Day 15 of my Super Duper Gratitude Project has brought me to a topic that I face Creativity-quotes141each and every day.  I am grateful for the fact that I am able to be creative.  The writing process is the place where I find most of my creative outlet, but it is not the only one I have tried.  It may be the only one I care to share but creativity in any medium can free up your mind and allow you to become more productive, expressive and even happier.

Music Makes It Better

My Top Ten Music Countdown
My Top Ten Music Countdown

Day 11 of my special gratitude project has me thinking of music.  Music plays such a big part in most peoples lives, it is no different to me.  The music sets the mood and can latch on to a memory and allow you to be transported to a particular place and time simply by hearing the notes.  I almost always put a song at the end of every post, not because they need it, but it makes it better to read if you listen to the song as you read.  Try it.

Gratitude Day 1

OK, reading the title, this may not be “super” but I think it will be fun and interesting.

gratitude project, Jonathan Hilton
Reading is, in fact, very cool. If you can’t read, it is hard to grow.

Being grateful is an important part of any person’s life. If you lack gratitude then you are going to be finding lack in a lot of areas in your life.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”   ― Marcel Proust

Practicing Gratitude

 

gratitude 1I have often considered that truly practicing gratitude is an important step into bringing more of what you want in your life into your life.  Each and every day I am more and more convinced this is true.  I had often talked a good game about being grateful, really taking a moment and appreciating the things in my life, but my process was off.

I Feel So Much Gratitude!

Thank You
I was very shy about letting anyone know what I wrote.

by Jonathan Hilton

I was scared to death! Petrified! White knuckle, grab a hold of something, close your eyes and scream scared of what other people would think of my writing. So much so, I really hesitated to ever show it to anyone.  I had one friend who I would “let” read what I thought. They were very safe and supportive.

Christmas Should Be the Cure

Why Christmas should cure people.

christmas wonder
Christmas should be a time of wonder, and if it isn’t, look within yourself.

It is easy to see the problems with the world today, life’s issues seem to force themselves into our consciousness.  There are those without enough to eat, no family, no home and no hope of anything any better.  This is impossible to fix completely but Christmas gives us our best opportunity to make changes in the quality of life for all people.  How come we so often miss the mark?  Why is it that so many people are not really happy on Christmas?

Perspectives on Positive Thinking

512566070029080548_1356144434Bad days happen. We fall down, we make mistakes, and things fall apart. That is life, but it has been my observation that the people who move swiftly past these mishaps and see the positive side of life have developed  habits that are worth emulating.  It is easy to let negativity creep into our lives as we live day to day, but consciously focusing our thoughts on the positives that exist in life will provide value where it seems that none really exists.  Being in love with your life during each minute is the secret to happiness. Accepting the bitter with the sweet.