• Jill Bakke


I imagine some of you wonder why I began with such an easy journal exercise - gratitude entries. I did this because gratitude can change our lives.

First, Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto’s work, which is detailed in his book The Hidden Messages in Water shows how the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth and our personal health. Words like “hate” directed at the water created grossly misshapen crystals. The words “love” and “gratitude” created the most beautiful of all crystals.

Now, consider the fact when babies are born they are 90% water and the average adult body contains around 70% water.

Second, how often do we take things for granted until we lose them? Sometimes it is too late to manage their return. We take our mobility for granted. At least I did, until I injured my knees and had to have replacements. We take a job for granted until we get laid off. We take our car or other transportation method for granted until it has a breakdown.

What do you take for granted?

Third, when we focus on what is bothering us — whether it is something we have that is giving us problems or whether it is something we want that we are not getting — it makes no difference. What we focus on we get more of. The key then is to focus on what we are grateful for.

Gratitude opens our hearts. Gratitude frees us!

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