The Chain of Gratitude

Recently one morning, I had finished eating my breakfast of poached eggs, when a thought entered my mind about gratitude. I was actually brushing my teeth when it occurred. I found myself thinking, “thank you for my breakfast.” Just as quickly, another thought related to gratitude entered my awareness; leading to the following chain:

  • Thank you for the eggs.
  • Thank you for the bread, butter, and plate.
  • Thank you for the frying pan and stove.
  • Thank you for my kitchen.
  • Thank you for my refrigerator.
  • Thank you for my apartment, electricity, and running water…

As you can readily tell, the list of related items and conditions for which I gave thanks are like links of a chain. I soon actually chuckled to myself, because I realized the chain is endless. I’m glad that a willing and eager desire to offer thanks is within me. Such is part and parcel of realizing a good life.

I am not advocating a Pollyanna approach to life–far from it. People who deliberately give thanks still encounter challenging situations. My point about offering sincere gratitude is related to the science of neurophysiology. Hebb’s Rule, or Cell Assembly Theory, basically states the following: neurons that fire together, wire together. By practicing gratitude, we’re actually training our mind to deliver a positive outlook, which equates to less suffering.

As this relates to the law of attraction, it’s important to know the following: Whatever we practice becomes performed more easily. It, thus, becomes our habit. This also includes suffering and pity parties, in which we have trained our mind to label situations negatively. We can avoid worsening challenging times by ingraining a perspective in which we deliberately seek out the good that surrounds us. It is here. Napoleon Hill, who wrote Think and Grow Rich, was well aware of this. I offer one of his famous quotes:

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

Gratitude, habitually and sincerely expressed, has the power to transform our lives. Circumstances and events that might have been considered commonplace (such as a breakfast of poached eggs) become miraculous. You might ask yourself the following: “What have I trained my mind to focus upon–that which I’ve labelled good, or that which I’ve labelled bad?” If you’re seeking to improve the quality of your life, I highly recommend introducing, or continuing, the practice of gratitude. Breakfast anyone?

Dare to Dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell

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6 thoughts on “The Chain of Gratitude

  1. I love this, Art. The idea of a chain of gratitude is a great visual. I’d never heard of Hebb’s Rule “neurons that fire together, wire together.” Makes sense and has such great promise for changing our brains. Great post!

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  2. I’m glad that you like it, Wynne; thanks for taking the time to comment. Hebb’s Law is at the heart of the law of attraction–that we are creating (not just observing) our “reality.” Now, I realize that this can seem bizarre, or even impossible; but when we at least entertain the possibility, so much more opens up to us. Sayings from the Bible, such as this, from Mark 11:24, begin to make sense: “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

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  3. I am grateful for your post! 😁 A few years ago, writing in a gratitude journal everyday – the last thing I wanted to do – got me through a difficult time.

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      1. I believe that they are, too; and I love when it becomes our habit–so much so that we find ourselves consciously expressing it–for groceries, fuel in our car, the ability to walk or see…etc.

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