No doubt: Gratitude attracts abundance. To attract abundance by being grateful is as powerful as so many thought leaders said already.
To give a real life aspect to it, I will tell you a story that happened to me a few years ago in the Philippines during a business visit in Manila.
A very special encounter
It was late in the afternoon, and I decided to walk a few blocks instead of taking a taxi. Everyone advised me not to do so. Many people say that Binondo (a district in Manila) is very dangerous. But on that day I felt this particular intuitive urge to take a walk.
I just crossed a street and went around the corner of a house and there she stood.
A young girl with torn and dirty clothes, carrying a baby. She was just old enough to have a child. There was an expression in her eyes I seldom see in people. It was this seldom sparkle of confidence and delightful playfulness. I had to talk to her. Although I speak only a little bit the Philippine language, so we had to use hand and feet to understand each other. It must have been funny to see us there, communicating like almost dancing.
It turned out that the baby in her arms was her first child. Deeply concerned I asked her how she was making her living. It fascinated me how centered and happy she was in such a challenging situation. She made signs with her hand to follow her and without thinking I just followed.
Heading Smokey Mountain
We crossed some streets and came closer to a rather infamous slum: Smokey Mountain. Smokey Mountain is the landfill site of Manila, where the poorest of the poor people are living there.
Following the young girl, we reached somewhere almost on top of the Smokey Mountain. From there we had a stunning view over the sea.
She made me understand that she was coming here every morning before sunrise. Together with her baby, she came here to pray. In her prayer, she thanked for the last and for the coming day. She told me how she feels fulfilled with gratitude when the sun rises at the horizon, drawing every day a new beautiful picture with the sun rays.
I asked her how she could manage to be so thankful for every day. Her eyes became serious, and for a moment I thought that I maybe should not have asked this question. But then she explained to me that she was doing this since she was a small child and every day lived tiny miracles. Miracles like finding some coins for food or getting some food from someone.
I was her tiny miracle and she was my mentor
This great gratitude although everything around her was stinky trash, touched me to the deepest of my heart. This young lady was at that moment the best mentor in gratitude to me. She was the living example of the statement: “Gratitude attracts abundance”. I was very thankful that I was allowed to be one of her tiny miracles at that day and I hope her spirit could touch your heart for a moment, so your eyes could be wide open for all the right things you have in your life.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I wish you much success!