I conducted a lively 2-day couching seminar in Gaborone, the beautiful but sleepy capital city of Botswana on 11th and 12th September, 2015. It was well attended by the people from Southern Africa. There were some Nigerians and Ghanaians in attendance. The purpose of the seminar was to turbo-charge the youth from the Southern African sub-region with the latest cutting-edge success strategies in vogue. The seminar drew many people from business, church, civic, and educational organizations. It was packaged to practically show the youth how to achieve success, in more areas, than they ever have known before. I showed the participants how to develop the ability to get results; increase the quality and quantity of their results; work at full capacity; concentrate on high-value tasks; and step-by-step system to transform their thinking about themselves and their potential, enabling them to achieve greater success in every area of their life; learn to think big, believe big, and achieve big; and how to overcome fear and worry, the two greatest enemies of wealth.
On the second day of the seminar, I said something that sounded incredible and somehow funny to most of the participants. They were almost startled when I told them that ‘love’ and ‘gratitude’ are probably the most powerful forces of wealth creation, happiness and good health. As a result of their apparent disbelief or incredulity, I had to spend more time in explaining the importance of love and gratitude in our daily life. Everything you want to be, do, or have comes from love. Indian political leader, Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), once said that: “Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works whether we accept it or not.” Love has been talked and written about since the beginning of time, in every religion, and by every great thinker, philosopher, prophet, and leader. The entire message of our Lord, Jesus Christ, His Gospel can be summarized in one word: Love! The French priest and philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), said that: “Love is the most powerful and still most unknown energy in the world.” Love, because when you love you are using and invoking the greatest power in the universe. Love is the positive force of life. Love is the cause of everything positive and good. The positive force of love can create anything good, increase the good things, and change anything negative in your life. The law of attraction is the law of love, and it is the law that is operating in your life. That is why people who are wealthy and enjoy great lives think and talk about what they love more than what they don’t love. Whatever you give in life is what you receive back in life. Give positivity, you receive back positivity; give negativity, you receive back negativity. Hence, Jesus Christ said in Luke 6:38: “Give and it will be given to you… for by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” St. Paul said in Romans 13:10 that: “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” Have kindness enough to share what you have and who you are with others. Be generous enough to give before being asked. Have mercy enough to forgive and forget. Have gratitude enough to say “thank you” for the small things you have or received. What makes us discontented with our personal condition is the absurd belief that others are so much happier than we are. Envy consumes nothing but its own heart.
History is replete with famous men and women who practiced gratitude, and whose achievements put them amongst the greatest human beings who have ever lived: Plato, Aristotle, Aesop, Newton, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Blake, Dickens, Proust, Descartes, Lincoln, Emerson, Bertrand Russell, Jung, Einstein, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, among others. Dating back thousands and thousands of years to the earliest to the recorded history of mankind, the power of gratitude was preached and practiced, and from there was passed on through the centuries, sweeping across the continent, permeating one civilisation and culture to the next. The major religions Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Taoism all have gratitude as their basic tenet.
Way back in the 15th century, Sir Isaac Newton, the English Mathematician and Physicist had postulated that: “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Gratitude operates through a Universal law that governs your whole life. It works in the same way as metal being drawn to magnet. Your gratitude is magnetic, and the more gratitude you have, the more abundance you magnetize. Hence, Jesus Christ said in Matthew 13:12: “For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” Now try to understand Jesus’ Parables this way: “Whoever has gratitude will be given more, and he will be given an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he has will be taken from him.” It is universal law. Thus, before you engage on visualization of the new things you want out of life, you must give thanks for what you already have. Do not resent anything. Bless your present condition and look forward courageously to a new tomorrow with a picture of your new world in your head. Gratitude can miraculously turn your troubled relationships into joyful and meaningful relationships, no matter what state they are now. Gratitude can magically make you more prosperous so that you have the money you need to do the things you want to do. Try it and see that gratitude will automatically increase your good health and bring a level of happiness beyond what you’ve ever felt before.
The practice of gratitude will surely improve your situation, no matter what that situation may be. Again, no matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current situations, the miracle of gratitude will change your whole life. Gratitude will work its miracle to accelerate your career, increase your success, and bring about your much expected job or whatever it is you want to do. In conclusion, as you practice gratitude and show love, you will understand why particular things in your life may have gone wrong and why certain things might be missing from your life. As you make gratitude a way of life, you will wake up each morning so enthusiastic to be alive. You will find yourself completely in love with life. Whatever you want will come to you effortlessly.
When I finished my lecture on the issue of love and gratitude, the audience literarily exploded in joy and exhilaration and gave me a standing ovation. At the end of the seminar many participants came to me and confessed their total ignorance of the power of love and gratitude towards wealth creation, happiness, abundance, and good health. Now that you have known the importance of love and gratitude in your life would you still indulge in your old ways of living? Well, the choice is yours. I wish you happiness, wealth and good health!