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Excerpted from 365 Prescriptions for the Soul by Bernie Siegel. Copyright © 2004 by Bernie Siegel. Excerpted by permission of New World Library, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"Blessings come in many shapes and sizes."

  Bernie Siegel
365 Prescriptions for the Soul
, Part 1

Prescription #26
Turning Point

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it ó would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.

- Ralph Marston, The Daily Motivator

A gentleman I was talking to on the phone related that his doctor and the EMR team had told him his heart stopped beating and he had died at least five times during surgery. He concluded our conversation by saying, "I used to have troubles, but now I have only blessings." His outlook clearly had been turned around by this experience.

I meditate each day, and one portion of the meditation consists of my thinking about what I am grateful for. Most of us never stop to consider our blessings; rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems. But since you have to be alive to have problems, be grateful for the opportunity to have them. Some people use their problems to get attention and are afraid to give them up and be blessed. I prefer to appreciate life and accept my problems as a part of my life.

When my body gets to the point where I can no longer function or feel gratitude, then Iíll leave it and become grateful again. But until then, I will appreciate what I have and not whine about what I donít have. I will feel blessed by life and the opportunity to help others see that they are blessed too. Blessings come in many shapes and sizes. Be prepared, as my gentleman caller was.

Soulution of the Day

What gifts have I failed to see before me?
Donít wait for a disaster to awaken you to the things you can be grateful for today.

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