Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 67 comments

A Sea of Sunflowers
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“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Barbara Swafford April 5, 2009 at 3:33 am

Hi Lance – You’re quoting another favorite author of mine. This is a great quote, and, so true. Over the years I’ve realized that in the past I was buying more, thinking THAT is what made me abundant, when in fact when I stopped and looked around, I realized I was already abundantly rich.

I use the practice of writing in my gratitude journal on a regular basis. I find it amazing how when I stop to think about that which I’m grateful for, it’s often the littlest things, things I can’t put a price on. Oh, how blessed I am.

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..Be A Person Who Needs People


Natalia Burleson April 5, 2009 at 4:40 am

Hi Lance, Wow this quote really speaks to me. I have tendencies towards the glass being half empty. I was thinking, last night, that I need to start a gratitude list. I have been blessed in so many ways, but I don’t always see that. Thank you so much for this thought. It was just the thing I needed to read today! Enjoy your Sunday!

Natalia 🙂

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Monica Shaw April 5, 2009 at 4:52 am

Gratefulness is something I’ve been trying to work on lately. I try to make a point to write down something I’m grateful for in my journal at the end of every day, but in truth, I haven’t done this in a few days and I think it’s starting to show in the marked increase in complaining I’ve been doing! How useless. Thanks to you and the other commenters that I need to restart my gratitude list. And a happy Sunday to you!

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Evelyn Lim April 5, 2009 at 4:55 am

I stopped to say a silent prayer of thanks when I read your quote. I remember how my life has changed the day I started to express my gratitude for the blessings I have. I’ve been amazed by how much more I have been receiving. I’ve never felt happier or fulfilled since! Much love and light to you!

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Miz April 5, 2009 at 5:32 am


you know I entirely believe in this and, my biggest amazement in my life recently, are how many people can not see the abundance around them.
How if it doesnt take a traditional form (a!brand!new!car!) they perceive themselves to be lacking.

thank you for the sunday morning posts—I start my morning here always.

Miz´s last blog post..Sunday Update of Sorts…


Daphne April 5, 2009 at 5:33 am

You said it, Lance. I mean your quote said it. You know what I mean! 🙂 I read once that gratitude is the only prayer, and that is so true because once we are grateful, everything we could want it given to us, and often we find that we already have everything we could want! Thanks for this gem, and for being a gem yourself.

Daphne´s last blog post..Book Review: Flying By the Seat of My Soul


Laurie April 5, 2009 at 6:09 am

As I think back over the past five years and how far I have come, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary and surprised my hub with a small service to renew our vows. The next day I was pondering the past five years and began to tear up from gratitude that God has brought me through some really difficult times. He not only stayed with me, but picked me up and carried me through. We all need to give thanks everyday, even when times are difficult. God will not waste the difficult times. He will use them to teach us things we need to know or bring us places we need to be. My journey taught me just how trust worthy God really is. Life is so good.


Laurie April 5, 2009 at 6:11 am

PS. Love the daisies. Doesn’t the beauty of nature just make you thankful?


Jenny Mannion April 5, 2009 at 6:23 am

Hi Lance,
SO so true! In healing myself gratitude was ONE of the MOST important shifts I had to make. When you are in chronic pain with a grim prognosis it seems easy to concentrate on all you DON’T have. I credit gratitude for being an important part of my healing process and still pay gratitude at LEAST once a day (before I even get out of bed in the morning) for all I do have. It is something I am also enforcing in my children…. Being in that state of gratitude can indeed change you life and open up the floodgates for goodness and more things in life to be grateful for. Perfect quote and picture — as always!


Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..The Living Matrix Movie — The New Science of Health and Healing is Here


Stacey Shipman April 5, 2009 at 6:30 am

Thank you – two small words that truly pack a punch! And you are living this today, aren’t you Lance! Have a wonderful Sunday!


Lynn April 5, 2009 at 6:39 am

Lovely thought for the day Lance. I like to look for positive things each day and write about them. Sometimes it is difficult, but I find that it keeps me positive and there is a kind of “pay it forward” aspect to that. It seems to rub off on people.


Henie April 5, 2009 at 7:21 am

“Gratitude begets more of everything you already have!” ~Henie~

Henie´s last blog post..Life Is Like A Door


Jay April 5, 2009 at 8:02 am

Very true. Give thanks now, because today is the best day of your life!

Jay´s last blog post..The Sunday Ponder


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work April 5, 2009 at 8:49 am