girlfriend guru, thankful for friendsIf you cannot be a poet, be the poem.  ~David Carradine

When we are little, we are regularly reminded to say thank you. “What do you say to Aunt Jenny?” someone will prompt. And “thank you” comes chorusing out. Sometimes we said it just to get to the ripping off the wrapping paper part of gift opening. Sometimes we really meant it.

As adults, we generally don’t have someone prompting us to say “thank you.” Oh, we now remember when someone hands us a gift or does us a favor (that’s been drilled into us after all!) but we don’t often take the time to be grateful. Girlfriend Guru Lisa Sarick reminds us just how important it is to take time to stop, and breath, and be thankful.

Gratitude is spiritual magic. Any one who has ever embarked on a Gratitude program or project can attest to the transformation it brings into your life. Perhaps it doesn’t change anything in your life other than your perception – so nothing changes, yet everything changes. I think that’s how it was for me when, for my 30thbirthday, my best friend gave me a gratitude journal. It had 5 lines for each day so I could record 5 things that I was grateful for. At the end of that year, I can’t say that my “situation” was much different, but I was different. I had new eyes. They were opened to what was good in every day, in my life, and in others. I can be critical, picky, detail-oriented… great if you’re looking for an editor, not as helpful in relationships. Gratitude is the antidote for me for my harsh tendencies. It changes my perspective, and softens my approach.

I took this double rainbow photo last year while at a lake house for vacation on Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes area. Something about being on the water makes it easy for me to be grateful every day – and this picture brings it right back… Gratitude!

I have been inspired and blessed by the gratitude projects of others as well. A big one recently was A Hundred Thank Yous by my dear friend, artist Lori Portka. She created 100 paintings for 100 people she was grateful for. After a gorgeous exhibition of all 100 pieces, they were given or mailed to the people she painted them forincluding one for ME! I have seen things open and transform in her life as a result of that monumental undertaking. And I saw how she was taken care of financially and otherwise while doing that soulful work. It was a true reflection of her heart and her talents – of course that would be supported by Angels/ Spirit / God / all forces in the Universe!

To back up one degree, Lori was inspired by Hailey Bartholomew and her 365 Grateful project, in which she took a Polaroid photograph of one thing she was grateful for each day for a year. Not only did it lift her out of depression but drastically improved her marriage and has taken her life in a new, exciting direction!

What might happen if you committed to 30 days, 60 days or 365 days of Gratitude in your own way?!

Probably Magic.

LISA SARICK (A.K.A. Rev. Lisa) is an Interfaith Minister, Yoga Instructor, and Spiritual Guide. She guides people seeking peace to go beyond the limits of their minds to the freedom of their spirit. She holds 1-on-1 sessions, officiates ceremonies, and founded Moon Circle, an online gathering for women friends. Her home on the web is LisaSarick.com.

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2 Responses to Do Gratitude, Girlfriend | Advice from Guru Lisa Sarick

  1. Lisa,
    You are SO right–I remember when Oprah introduced gratitude journals….I was amazed and intriqued. Your quote, “If you cannot be a poet, be a poem,” reminds me of meeting my husband, award-winning author, illustrator, and poet, Kevin Collier. As a single mom I was so grateful to meet him and grateful that he adopted my son and turned his life around. And turned my life around, too, for I had given up hope of ever finding a father for my son. Kevin used to say I was the most despairing person he’d ever met. Kevin was a class clown and so taught me to be not so serious, a bit silly and naughty, but most of all he taught me joy and overwhelming gratitude. When, after years of worry, due to being a single mom, I would sometimes panic and worry about something, he would remind me that I was no longer alone, I had help, that he was in charge. I could relinquish all my fears to him, for he was taking care of both of us. Almost six years later now, with our son being an honor student, happy, popular and generous, I am eternally grateful that we were brought together. In all my years of trying to, no matter how worrisome the economy’s been, I’ve tried my best to focus on being grateful for EVERYTHING I have, and like Lori, it has literally transformed my life. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he,” are wise words, and true. If you focus on being grateful, thinking positive, it will transform your life in every way.
    Kristen

  2. P.S. I forgot to say that your quote, “If you can’t be a poet, be a poem,” is also true, as my poet husband, in his desire to tranform my life and turn my negativity into sunshine, used to write me many poems to inspire me. So, I WAS the poem for him! :-)

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