Does Your Gratitude Have Conditions Attached To It? by John Cali and Spirit

Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. ~ Terry Lynn Taylor

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Have you ever asked yourself that question? I never did—till recently. Here’s Spirit.


Most people find it easy to be grateful for all the “good” things in their lives. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, and we highly recommend you all give thanks every day for your blessings. You have far more blessings than you are usually aware of.

That’s what we want to talk about today. This is where many attach conditions to their gratitude, as our title implies.

Can you be grateful for everything in your life? What you consider “good” certainly. But also what you consider “bad?”

Your life itself is a divine gift. With that gift comes all the “good stuff”—loving relationships, good health, material abundance, etc. Also coming with the gift of life are your challenges—what you might consider “bad stuff.”

We like to think of challenges as opportunities for growth. Even challenges you would consider tragic or disastrous—the unexpected death of a loved one, the loss of a job you love, a life-threatening disease, etc.

All those are certainly opportunities for growth—they will make you stronger and more resilient.

So express gratitude every day for your blessings and your challenges. They are all gifts from spirit.

The simple act of giving thanks will, by itself, expand your personal and spiritual growth. You will radiate a powerful energy that will enliven and enrich every cell in your body. That energy will uplift and inspire other around you. You don’t even have to say anything to them. Your mere presence will touch them and help them move more easily through their own challenges.

That’s how powerful you are. That’s how powerful your gratitude is. So never attach conditions to your gratitude. Give thanks every day for everyone and everything in your life—the “good” and the “bad.”

Ultimately, it’s all good. And all is well.


Here is a beautiful video called, simply, The Power of Gratitude.

Related links:
Gratitude Will Transform Your Life Forever
The Power of Gratitude
How Can We Be Grateful In a World Filled With Pain?


Do you have a daily practice of gratitude? What are the things in your life you are most grateful for? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.


What other subjects would you like us to talk about in these posts? Please email me.


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4 Responses

  1. Margaret

    Beautiful video, thank you.
    I have learnt to be grateful when I feel tired or if my body aches because a friend who is paralysed from shoulders down and cannot feel these things. I am grateful that I can move freely. Do you know, this friend is grateful that he can speak! In fact, this friend is a true inspiration. He hasn’t let his disability stop him from achieving so much in his life. He received an MBE for his services to disabled people a few years ago. He would say his accidentwhen he broke his neck at the tender age of 18 was the making of him!

    Like the film says my friend inspires people without even saying a word!

    Thanks, as ever John for another thought provoking blog.


    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Margaret.

      Your friend must be a very wise old soul. Some of the most loving and inspiring people I’ve known over the years are those whose challenges would devastate most.

      As with your friend, so many of those wise old souls don’t need to say a word to others. They just have to be themselves — great role models for all of us.

      Love, John

  2. Toni

    Guilty, John. When I pray, I thank God “for all the good things in my life, and all the good things yet to come.” It wouldn’t be a stretch to be grateful for the political and world challenges, but I don’t even want to think about the death of a loved one or a life-threatening disease much less be grateful for them if they did happen. Yet, I do believe that gratitude is the “secret” as mentioned in the film. Thank you for this very thought- provoking post, John.

    Much love,

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Toni. I understand how difficult it is to give thanks for challenges such as the death of a loved one. I’ve been there and it ain’t easy!

      Much love to you, dear,

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