Be Grateful For What You have – Celebrate Life


Gratefulness is the lifeblood of soul consciousness and the only antidote for the self-inflicted poison of self-pity, resentment and unworthiness. Life is meant to be celebrated ~ and that is when we become grateful for what we already do have versus resentful for what we don’t have


by Allen L Roland


I’ve lived for the past seven years in a state of low income survival while on social security ~ yet making a profound difference with my short term heart centered transformation work with both clients and veterans with PTSD while at the same time writing a weblog that is read throughout the world ~ and I still remain profoundly grateful for all the gifts in my life and celebrate life and all these  blessings, however minor, every day.

I agree with and often reflect on these humble words of William James ~ ” I am done with great things and big things and great institutions and big successes, and I am for those tiny invisible forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets or like the capillary oozing water, yet which, if you give them time, will bend the hardest monument of human pride. “

 The Robin doesn’t sing because it’s happy ~ it’s happy because it sings.

My counseling work as a therapist is my song and my joyful gift is I can see through the heart and can, as such, find the lost and alone child within others who long for another choice from their self-imposed prisons of fear. I facilitate their path to inner freedom by jump starting their hearts through gratefulness and empower them to not only find their true self but also their own song ~ and in the process  overcome inner fear and begin to sing it to others.

It can happen in only seven sessions, either by telephone or in person, because they are healing themselves and I am, in essence, their coach ~ not their therapist.

These are difficult times in the world and it’s impossible at times to see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the current worldwide economic depression, Global warming and climate change, the hurricane Sandy disaster and continuing Middle East frictions. It’s easy to get out of the moment and into the future in terms of impending personal financial doom or worldwide doom for that matter.

Fear can obliterate all hope and reason ~ and love and gratitude can be easily smothered in that process under a blanket of unworthiness, resentment and self-pity.
That’s why Gratitude is so important for it brings us back to what is essentially important ~ ourselves, our loved ones and our unique worthiness as human beings ~ for the people we are most grateful to are usually people who have loved and cherished us.

When we start celebrating these gifts from a place of true gratitude ~ we begin to see through different eyes and we can transcend fear and, as such, open the door to new possibilities and direction. For we are then no longer paralyzed by self-pity, resentment and unworthiness and are open to the guiding light at the end of that internal dark tunnel of despair ~ love, joy and a Unified Field of universal love and soul consciousness.

There is still most definitely good in this world such as seen in this wonderful article f rom the Guardian: The Feel the Music project teaches deaf children a touch of Beethoven

 And this is a wonderful, one minute video clip. It’s full of wisdom and very brief ~ but it has a meaning for all of us. 

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” ~ Helen Keller

About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].



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Allen L Roland, PhD is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a heart-centered spiritual consultant, author, and lecturer who also shares a weekly political and social commentary on his website at He also guest hosts Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements as well as private consultations via email at [email protected]. Roland is a twin who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, survived a dysfunctional family, pursued and lived his dreams, including becoming a Navy supersonic carrier pilot, finding himself by fully opening his heart, writing three books, siring four children ~ and still living his ultimate dream by making a difference from a place of love, celebration, and service. His Ph.D. dissertation THE UNIFIED FIELD was chosen by Common Boundary and Noetic Science Institute, in their 1998 national dissertation contest, as one of the top three finalists for combining spirituality and psychology. His ongoing heart-centered work as a consultant with veterans with PTSD is the most satisfying work of his life. Allen's online newsletter, columns, and radio broadcasts are committed to the truth ~ as he sees it ~ for only the truth is revolutionary.