A Shell of a Lot of Gratitude
have lived most of my life as I am sure most of us have: stuck in the future and the past and have always had a difficult time being grateful in the moment. That is until a stranger invited me over to watch the movie “The Secret”. From that point forward my life was changed in beautiful ways forever!
One winter day I had an amazing moment of clarity as I was struggling to find my path. Intuitively, I have always known that spiritually and physically we are all one energy, and that I could attract what I need and deserve into my life, but I just forget. I would go years between moments of clarity and now I realize that the element missing was âGratitudeâ. I desperately needed to remind myself of what I have to be grateful for on daily if not momentary instance, if I were going to live the life I was meant to live.
In my bored and lonely, yet brief time off, I started to take escapes to the Northern California sea shore. I had always gravitated towards the familiarity of the mountains, but in these times I had no time to travel that far so I figured I would learn to appreciate the sea as well. I started to find cool places to collect sea shells; I cherished my shells as treasures. I grew to also cherish these beautiful
coves, rocks and sands as my new home and grounding place.
One day I had an inspired thought to write things that I am grateful for on each shell to remind me of all the great things in life that I have to be grateful for. I called these my âgratitude shellsâ and placed them in a very prominent place in my tiny home with my family pictures. Every time I pass this table I am reminded of all the great and glorious things I have to be grateful for in my everyday life.
In the next few weeks I had a confirming realization of how the power of attraction once again has worked in my life. It had been a grueling and lonely couple of months working exceptionally long days. I needed reviving so I escaped work early one sunny spring day. I ran home, grabbed my faithful and lonely dog Smokey and drove west in a daze for the drive to my sanity at the oceanâs shore. As I drove in a state of exhaustion and confusion, I was thinking about my gratitude shells and thinking that I needed to find a new beach as the spots that I love, just do not seem to have many shells.
On this day, I took a wrong turn and I ended up in a hidden, quaint little town called Bolinas. It was so close yet so far away. I just kept driving on a dirt road that seemed to head nowhere. Miles from anywhere I chanced to spot a single trail weaving through the poison oak. I grabbed Smokey and headed down the path. When I reached the bottom of the narrow and slippery path I was amazed to find a beach that stretched as far as I could see. It was walled on one side by the steep coastal cliff s carved for centuries by the tides and ferocious storms. The other edge of the shore was scattered with tide pools large and small. It was so beautiful! Smokey and I walked along the beach with the sun bathing our faces and just marveled in the secluded beauty for what seemed an eternity.
When I came to my senses, I realized that there were more beautiful shells scattered amongst the seaweed and rocks than I had ever seen. In no time at all, Smokey and I had found dozens of shells and I just started writing my list of gratitudes on each shell right on the beach. This is when I realized that this quest to gather shells of gratitude was to be more than a basket full of shells with writing on them so I started to call them my âShell of a lot of Gratitudeâ. After all, I have a hell of a lot of gratitude, and I put it on shells!
After weeks of gathering shells and collecting my inspirations of gratitude, I started to take notes to explain why I am grateful for the inspirations on the shells and really started to feel that I had a gift to be shared.
Once confident enough, I shared my inspiration to make the âShell of a lot of Gratitudeâ to my daughter Kalindi. She immediately expressed that these shells should be shared and given away in some manner as we had learned in “The Secret”. I was speechless as it has taken me decades to fully appreciate the premise of sharing in the power of attraction and she had it in an instant. I have learned in my readings that in order to attract positive outcomes, we must have positive thoughts and intentions and in order to attract, we must be willing to give. She nailed it with her simple statement; âin order for one to fully appreciate the gratitude and attract more into our lives we must be willing in turn to give our gratitude to another.â
Just as we all learned in the movie “The Secret” The closer you look, the more you will realize that everything in your life is a cause for gratitude.
In sharing my inspiration, I sincerely hope that you take what you want, interpret it to fit you and be enlightened by the rest