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Excerpted from Wisdom from an Empty Mind by Jacob Liberman. Copyright © 2001 by Jacob Liberman. Excerpted by permission of Empty Mind Publications.  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.

"We can all come to a place in our lives where our gratitude is so big, there is no room for anything else."

  Jacob Liberman, Wisdom from an Empty Mind, Part 4


Once during a workshop, my event coordinator invited me to take a walk around a lovely, duck-filled lake. Hundreds of people walked and jogged around the lakeís perimeter, and as we spoke, I noticed that my companion was constantly complaining. It seemed as if his entire life was one big complaint!

We continued walking when I noticed a man nearby with a very large head and malformed appendages. His entire body ó probably just two feet long ó was strapped to a motorized wheelchair. To my amazement, he was working a little joystick and navigating himself around the course, keeping up with the other joggers. Suddenly, he looked up. We made eye contact, smiled, and it was love at first sight!

It was incredible. Here was one person with all of his faculties and no obvious problems constantly complaining, while another person with very obvious obstacles in his life had no complaints ó only a smile. The man in the wheelchair, his long hair flying in the breeze, was having such a good time, and seemed so grateful to be alive!

We can all come to a place in our lives where our gratitude is so big, there is no room for anything else. Itís not your experience that creates your complaint, itís your complaint that creates your experience.

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