At least, that's what I thought until I heard about the concept and got a book containing 180 stories of "miracles" that came after people expressed gratitude for problems ranging from finances to infertility. The book is Say Thank-you and See Miracles, written by Rabbi Shalom Arush. The stories in it range from impressive to unbelievable, but they are first-hand accounts of what people experienced when they followed his advice and said thank-you for their problems.
Rabbi Arush instructs people to say thank-you for half an hour a day, and for emergencies to do it for six hours! He says to really connect to the gratitude using prayer, singing and even dancing! What a concept.
Impressed by so many positive accounts, I decided to give it a try. The next day, during a 20 minute walk, I expressed thanks for a litany of issues that even included things from my childhood. I did it again as "pauses" in my day allowed for it. And again. And again.
After a week, I realized the phone was ringing more with clients, including some who had no longer been coming and referrals from people I had worked with years before! One person got my name from a vitamin company whose products are among the few I deal with as the only location to get that product in my area. I didn't sell it to him because he didn't need it yet, but after talking with me, he became a client!
Hmm. This thanking stuff has got something!
Always being one to incorporate anything that can improve results, I started recommending that my clients say thank-you at least ten minutes a day for their problems.
One man told me that a co-worker was so amazed by the transition he went through in a few weeks, that she asked for my number! She said he stood up straighter, spoke more positively, and even the tone of his voice had changed.
So, dear reader, my advice to you is simple--start saying, and making every effort to feel gratitude for what you don't want in your life. It acknowledges that the Creator is perfect and does everything for our highest good, so there must be an important reason that we have it happening. Saying thank-you helps strengthen our "faith" muscle, if you will.
What have you got to lose?