My name is Dave Block. Like many in today’s economy, I am currently having a hard time making ends meet and trying to find things to be grateful for.
But as “The Gratitude Guy”, I realized that despite anything that has taken place in my life so far, I have the ability within my heart right NOW to turn any circumstances around. Because the only way to bring more of what you truly want in life is by being GRATEFUL for what you already have.
But the truth is some days I’m just not feeling it. I feel like I’m wasting my time, not enough people really care, and I become less motivated to continue.
Now you tell me, what is wrong with this picture?
The Gratitude Guy was supposed to be a messenger of gratitude, love, and awareness whose “job” it was is to inspire others to reach for their full potential in life. So, how can a man who dedicated himself to excellence by making a commitment, partially fulfilling it, then start taking a back seat, and allow himself to coast his way to mediocrity, instead of the greatness that lives within.
In other words, The Gratitude Guy sold himself short. I can even hear these words being shouted out: Attention gratitude buyers, get your broken and tired Gratitude Guy at 50% off. Limited time offer. Hurry, Don’t wait!
Have you ever sold yourself short, and not given yourself the full price that you justly deserve. How does this make you feel?
Well, I can tell you how I feel. I am very disappointed that The Gratitude Guy allowed his disempowering feelings to take him on a one way vacation to “Someday” Island.
What I am trying to say is that sometimes you have days you feel like “crap” and have no desire to continue your passion. Believe me, you’re not the only one! But what I soon discovered is that feelings come and go and desires come and go. So that’s when it’s time to reevaluate and stop allowing your circumstances to dictate who you’re really being in the world.
For there is an approach to life we must understand.
What we need to know is that every event we experience has within it both sides, negative and positive emotions. This practice of equilibration is understanding that your emotions and your emotions alone determine your destiny. By evolving past your judgments and attachments, you honor what is, become present, and experience gratitude.
While being The Gratitude Guy, I decided to choose how I want to feel, regardless of what is! And I choose to feel good, to feel love, and allow myself to honor the gratitude that surrounds me on a daily basis. I don’t need a single thing to change to find relief and feel good. I just desire to feel AWESOME and know that what I truly desire will be mine. I will focus on the beautiful, wonderful, meaningful possibilities. Because I realize that the only thing that really holds you back is your belief that you cannot move forward. Once you’ve let that go, you free yourself to soar. You can be the change!
I encourage each one of you to look deep inside your heart and open up your mind to all the possibilities that life can offer. Make each day count and live with passion. You will be so surprised how your life can change is so many ways.
So, in order to get The Gratitude Guy back on track, I have asked him to surrender.
Yes, you heard it right, The Gratitude Guy is SURRENDERING.
Does that mean he’s giving up, weak, or doesn’t want to continue being The Gratitude Guy?
NO, not at all!
Please let me explain.
When people think about surrendering, most may bring up an image of the white flag being raised, especially in times of war.
Or it could be thoughts like: failure, giving up, isolation and loneliness.
But the truth is surrender is a form of acceptance and solitude. It literally means to stop fighting. Stop fighting with yourself. Stop fighting the natural flow of things.
This is another way of saying that I’m committed to getting out of my own way and trusting a higher power, source, the Universe, or God, whichever definition you prefer.
To surrender yourself to God means this: I will let God do in me whatever is necessary to get Himself glory, and whatever is necessary to make me into the person He is after.
Now, this ought to be great news. Because what it means is that it takes out of your hands the pressure of trying to BE what you think you should be. It takes off of you the necessity of, “trying to have faith.” It removes the fear that you might not know what you need to know to come through to the will of God in any matter. It puts all of that in God’s hands. In effect, we simply surrender ourselves to God. He does the rest.
When you live life in a state of acceptance and surrender, it moves from one miracle to the next. Miracles are just proof of something greater than myself working on my behalf.
Many of us have only experienced surrendering to a higher source as a last resort, when we’ve confronted seemingly insurmountable problems or in some other way hit the edge of our individual will and abilities.
But when we surrender and free yourself from painful emotions, what you left with is LOVE.
As we each return to love, by releasing what is not love, we automatically plug back into Source, because Love IS Source. Source is Love.
Always remember your Higher Self loves you unconditionally. You are a divine spark of creation and have the love of the universe at your service. Your world will change, and everyone in your world will elevate to a higher consciousness. It only takes you.
Show the earth your gratitude and love and she will honor your every step. Live free in the present moment and you free the world. Love unconditionally and you will know and become love itself. Unconditional love truly is an unlimited way of being.
To sum up, surrender doesn’t mean giving up. In fact, it is the complete opposite. It’s giving in – to whom you are. It means engaging completely and fully in your life.
We are here to celebrate life. Every step we take upon this magical journey is ours to enjoy. Embracing our potential and using this power to let go of limitation, we experience a new level of our true self as we become more present in the moment.
Your life will go much more smoothly when you give up control and allow things to happen instead of feeling that you always have to make them happen. In fact, we open ourselves to all sorts of wonderful possibilities that aren’t there when we’re attached to one “right” path.
We must awaken our constant devotion to the Source of life and keeps our hearts open to the Divine in every moment, no matter what arises.
Just picture it as finally letting go of the steering wheel. It’s still moving forward, but you don’t have to worry about the destination. Sit back, relax, and allow God to do the driving.
p.s. The Gratitude Guy is back, and he’s here to stay! Move over Rocky, The Gratitude Guy is going the distance this time!