Thank You for the Abundance in My Life

By John R. Aberle | Small Business Management

Nov 28

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It always has been. I relish having family together to enjoy each other’s’ company and a great meal together. I’m also really fond of roast turkey. I love that crisp skin. And then there are the family games. But most of all, underlying all the rest, is that on Thanksgiving we actually take time to be thankful for the abundance in our lives.A picture of a Rainbow over Rainbow Harbor's Lions Club Lighthouse, Long Beach carries the Thanksgiving message, “Thanks for the Abundance in My Life.” It’s gratitude for lovely experiences like this rainbow over this lovely harbor and promenade.

There is much evidence of the healing power of gratitude and the attractive power it has to help manifest your dreams. One of the personal insights I gained about gratitude this year is that I haven’t been as grateful as I long thought I was. I always say “Thank you” for help and for gifts.

What I didn’t realize, is that I’ve been grateful with a “Yes, but …” attitude. I’ve taught clients for years when they give a compliment to an employee, stop at the end of the compliment. Skip the “But here’s how you can do better” addendum to the compliment because it negates everything before the “but.” The compliment is no longer heard.

 Examples of “Thanks, but …”

Until a few months ago though, I didn’t realize that I’ve been thanking the Universe and my wife for gifts with a “Thanks, but …” approach. Here are some examples of how that works.

  • “I really appreciate having dinner at Denny’s, but I would have preferred a steak at Outback Steakhouse.”
  • “Thanks for the new shoes, but couldn’t they have been in oxblood instead of black?”
  • “Thank you for my new tablet. However, I really wish it had a better camera.”

 To me the wonder of all of this is that my wife loves me enough to keep giving me gifts despite the implied criticisms. The Universe or Higher Power is equally patient. Nevertheless, it may be that my strongest dreams are waiting to manifest until I learn to give sincere thanks for what I already have.

 This is tough having grown up in a really critical family. But I’m making major progress. I’m catching myself now when I complain about something not being the way I want it. Now I quickly add, “Thank you, Universe, for the abundance in my life!” As I say this, I think of just some of my many blessings, especially my wife, our families, and my friends so that I can fill that statement with feelings of thankfulness.

 While there is so much to be grateful for this year, I really think this new insight is one that deserves to get top billing. I’m choosing to forego that criticism and placing attention on what I don’t have yet to be grateful for the love and friendship, the enjoyable work, and all the other things and opportunities in my life. Truly, thank you for the abundance in my life.

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 John R. Aberle

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Other Resources on Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Prayer: What Are You Grateful For?

Dr. Fab Mancini on Breakthrough Directions

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About the Author

I have a strong love for small businesses, especially brick and mortar companies. After an 18-year career in sales and marketing, I started my own service company, which I grew in both sales and profits for the first five years. In my sixth year, the bottom dropped out of the printer market such that it made more sense to sell my assets and return to Southern California. There I went to work for an international small business consulting company. I spent over three years on the road with them helping small businesses to become more profitable and better managed. I then started my own company specializing in sales and marketing consulting, coaching and training. My emphasis is on heart-centered, relationship selling that empowers prospects to make their own choices.