We talk a lot about growth and expansion and choosing the better, but how often do we stop and allow ourselves to be grateful for what we have? A few weeks ago I heard someone on the radio talking about “giving thanks for the dirty dishes.”
Sounds goofy at first, until we recognize that we do have the food, and the dishes to serve it on. And the sink (either our own or rented) in which to wash them. In the book Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh talks about washing dishes in the present moment, feeling the warm water, smelling the soap, and residing in gratitude for the entire experience. That is the wonderful Buddhist practice of Mindfulness.
When we are prompted or reminded, it is easy to be grateful for home, loved ones, treasures, etc. But what about those people and events that at first glance don’t look like they are worthy of our gratitude?
Gratitude surrounding our money allows the flow to flow from us, as well as to us. Thank you to the Universe for our supply, and to the people and organizations that bring us products and services, which we pay for in gratitude. When we bless our money as it leaves us—as well as the recipient, it allows more to flow to us, prospering everyone involved in the transaction.
If we live in an orderly universe (which we do), where there are no coincidences or accidents, I believe that every person and experience in our lives is there for a reason. Many come with valuable lessons for us. The “good” news is that we always have the opportunity to learn the lesson; and if we don’t, similar and yet different people and experiences will keep coming up for us until we learn what needs to be learned, or forgive what needs to be forgiven.
Gratitude feels so much better than anger and resentment. We really can say thank you to the Universe for everything. Dirty dishes and all.