Ever feel like you are stuck going round and round on a race track being driven by obligations, responsibilities and promises to keep? And the Holidays seem to be looming ahead in a dreadful, foreboding way rather than the happy, joyous events that you wish they would be? If you feel like you’re running on empty emotionally, maybe now would be a good time to break away from the pack, stop in your tracks and check your “Thank Tank,” because gratitude is the fuel that ignites your spirit and sparks your soul to create something different–to create your heart’s desires.

All analogies and puns aside, it’s in present moments that we think clearly, that we appreciate freely and that we really see, with an almost childlike perception, our surroundings, our circumstances, our life. The object here is to improve the way you feel, even if that improvement is ever so slight. For instance, if you are stuck in a traffic jam, notice those abbreviated vanity license plates around you and try to decipher what they mean. Make a game of it. When you’ve broken the code, appreciate how quickly you did it or how clever the author of the plate was. Or cast a glace around your vehicle and thank it for providing you with safe and comfortable transportation. If nothing else, you can always be grateful that you are out of the cold and will soon be on your way.

Changing your mood from frustration or irritation to appreciation and thankfulness feels better and increases your vibration–the way you communicate your desires to the Universe. Quoting Abraham (through the wonderful works of Esther and Jerry Hicks), the “Universal” Law of Attraction says that “like attracts like,” so by changing your focus, and more important, the way you feel, you will literally be magnetizing better things into your life (like missing traffic jams!). Test this law for yourself. We’ve all had those days when you would swear that a little black cloud was hanging over your head and everything that could go wrong seemed to be going wrong. You can “right” yourself simply by taking your attention off of what is and filling a moment–a present moment–with gratitude and appreciation for what you have. Even if it’s the smallest, most insignificant thing that you can come up with, focus on that and radiate love and appreciation for it. Then do it again for another moment, and another, and another, and soon your cloudy outlook will have a new, improved forecast.

But why not start or end every day with a full Thank Tank? Every morning when you wake up or every night before you fall asleep, acknowledge that for which you are grateful. As you put your attention on the people, circumstances or things that you appreciate, really feel how happy and blessed you are to have them in your life and open your heart to receiving more. Gratitude is the key that unlocks your ability to receive. The more grateful you feel for what you have, the sooner you will receive more of what your heart desires.

As we, as a nation, turn our attention to gratitude–with turkey and all the trimmings–reaffirm to yourself your commitment to Giving Thanks each and every day of the year.

And since you’re getting off that race track, maybe you should check your oil, too!

Mary Jo Shaffer is co-owner of Heart Projects, LLC, in partnership with her twin daughters Rachel Shaffer and Heather Knorpp. Their mission of love is to share their gifts and to help others use the Law of Attraction to manifest their own heart’s desires. Heart Projects, LLC’s product lines include their exclusive genuine gemstone Manifesting├é┬« bracelets, bookmarks, key chains and other items. Please visit their website at http://www.manifesting.us

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