Touchy subject, right?  Like sex and money, one we're told to avoid for fear of challenges, controversy and conflict.  It should come as no surprise that I don't shy away from challenges, controversy or conflict.  Not that I go looking for them, but I realize that they are all part of life and often offer more opportunities to learn and grow than easy, collaborative and peaceful events.

The subject of prayer was first introduced on this blog on July 17.   I shared my Making a Difference prayer.  You'll be seeing occasional references to prayer as part of a spiritual practice here on's web site because we believe that in order to move forward fully and with joy, we all need to nurture a spiritual life.  What that life looks like will be as different as each of us are.  That it is a necessary component to your own recipe for success is at the core of the program.

Gratitude is the prayer that begins and ends my days.  Whatever else is happening, the practice I've developed over the last twenty years to daily take the time to notice and say thank you for all I have has changed my life.  A focus on what is blessing me brings more blessings to me.  The law of attraction at its most basic level.

Today I'd like to share with you my morning prayer called Attitudes of Gratitude.  Please feel free to plagiarize if you'd like, but tweaking it even slightly to your own life will make it all the more powerful.

"Oh great spirit, give me the grace for this day.  Not for a lifetime, nor for next week, not even for tomorrow, but just for this day.  Direct my thoughts and bless them.  Direct my work and bless it.  Direct the things I say and give them blessing too.  Direct and bless everything I think and speak and do, so that for this one day, just this one day, I have the gift of grace that comes from your presence."