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.

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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

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 through these mishaps and enjoy 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.

Potential of Today

f405364503cdebb61939dfa03ddd1ad5Each day we are given a new opportunity to create greatness both in the world we live in and in our personal lives. It seems that as we embark on our daily adventure it can be derailed most often by our own limiting thoughts and fear based behavior. I wonder what would happen if we were able to fully grasp the magic that is available in each and every day and make life the grand show it was meant to be.

My Curriculum

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

564232_438576869504774_929540821_nPresented with the opportunity to teach anything I wanted, and assuming that anyone wanted to learn, there is no doubt that I would try to teach a few of the things I have learned from life that I think are important.

 There were many important things that I never really considered early on in life, which has proven to be invaluable and nearly vital knowledge today.

 These lessons may not be mind blowing but I think they are important for you to be all that you want to be in life.  Whether you think they have a place in your life or not is up to you.

Core Beliefs

BeliefMinds work overtime, sometimes and I wrote this list originally several years ago but continually update my core beliefs as new evidence and experience prove old ideas in need of tweaking or total replacement. So here are the current version of MY CORE BELIEFS. Presented in no particular order, here are a few of the things that I hold as truths for my life.

We Are All Connected

Call it God, the Universe, or whatever your religion dictates, but to me, we are all connected through divine order.  All people contain the same abilities for great love, and equal power to commit evil.  That is just a part of this crazy game called life.

What If?

What If?

what-ifThere are questions we ask ourselves all of our lives that can haunt us if we let them. What if that decision was wrong? What if I shouldn’t have done that? What if I had tried out for the chess team in high school? What if I said yes?

There are a million of these questions that you can consume your time with, but they don’t add up to anything in the end because the fact is whatever you are “what if-ing” about didn’t happen, will never happen and so should concern you about as much as what the weather was in Borneo in the year 1656.

Gratitude and Appreciation

gratitude-logoOne of the simple things in life that we all know we should do is practice gratitude for the things we have in our lives that bring happiness.

It is easy to look at the struggles and challenges of life and forget to see all of the things that make each day a positive experience.  One of the best practices is to set aside a time of day to look at the past day and decide what it is that you are grateful for.

Abundance

abundanceLike many people, I look at how much I have and wonder if there are things I should be doing to attract more into my life. More money, more love, more everything!  My interest led me to begin to investigate, I started to do some research on the topic. I found a bunch of ideas about how to attract more abundance into your life. We all think that if we have more money, love, fame, or whatever we will be happier. That is a philosophical statement for another day. Today, there are three simple things that you can start doing today that will make your life more abundant in what you are seeking.

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

 

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!

Positive Personal Transformation

trustprocessAll things are changing at all times. Absolutely nothing or nobody 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 you are currently experiencing.

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 change in a positive direction.

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.

Question It All

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 limit 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 The Heart

“Everyone who has the will, can hear 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 is 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 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

ithinkthereforeiblog I have been fortunate enough to fall into this strange little world and it has truly been a wonderful rabbit hole experience. There are thousands of people out there writing their thoughts, hoping to connect with others in a more meaningful way. These connections have helped me become a more comprehensive thinker and a more dynamic writer.  There is no questioning that this experience has helped form my personal growth.