The Attitude Of Gratitude

The Attitude Of Gratitude

Yes, it might feel great to win the lottery. Money, houses, travel – these are wonderful, but not enough by themselves. You need the right frame of mind to fully enjoy life. You need the attitude of gratitude.

Be Grateful

Life is better when you feel blessed, when you can look around and say “Thank you, God.” Religious or not, when you see life as a wonderful gift, your experience is a richer one than any amount of money can provide. Imagine going through life like you’re a child, and every morning is Christmas.

It’s tempting to think gratitude comes from having what you want. You see yourself giving thanks if you had money, a loving family, and maybe a house on the beach. Still, you know there are ungrateful, unhappy people with these things, and poor people full of gratitude for what little they have. Where does this feeling come from?

Creating Gratitude

Gratitude arises from how you look at things. It is the natural feeling that comes from truly appreciating the people and things in your life. It is also something you can learn.

First, you have to stop and smell the roses. You can’t be thankful for something you don’t notice or enjoy. Roses really do smell great, by the way.

Then, you need to make this appreciative approach to roses and life a habit. There’s no need to ignore the ugliness in the world, but you have to habitually see the beautiful things.

Start writing down every positive thing that happens to you, and all the things you like. Do this until you start automatically seeing the good things in life. If you’ve ever bought a white car, and started seeing white cars all over, you know how awareness can alter your perception of reality. To see wonderful things all over, train yourself to look for them.

When you are in the habit of “counting your blessings,” gratitude, and a much richer experience of life is the natural result.

Top 20 Reggae music list

Top 20 Reggae music list

Growing up in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia to be exact, I could not help but be influenced by the many styles of music permeating the air waves.
Moving from R&B to reggae songs, disco, soul and country; I would sit waiting to hear the top reggae songs as reggae music always hit the spot to bring out the dance in me.
I also found much joy in the songs of Motown, the likes of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Jacksons to name a few but whenever the popular reggae music came on I just could not contain myself. Reggae music brought the groove for me; I am sure you know what I mean.

Growing up, most of the reggae music on the radio came out of Jamaica from Bob Marley & The Wailers, to Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff to Eric Donaldson and lots more.
The reggae music drive in Saint Lucia was most visible with the ever popular band True tones lead by song writer and guitarist Ronald “Boo” Hinkson. The True-tones was dubbed the best reggae band outside of Jamaica.

The early history of reggae music shows its strong foundation in promoting positivity and black consciousness. Today, reggae artist can be found around the world promoting that sweet sound and message, with some adding the new brand of Dancehall music.
As for me, as an artiste, I keep reggae songs alive with my brand of Inspirational reggae; I promote the message of positivity and consciousness as I share joy through music.

If you are new to reggae, here is my personal Top 20 Reggae music list to get you started.
What would your list be like? Are there any selections you would change in your own top 20 reggae list? I would love for you to share yours with me.. add your list in the comment section below:

1 : No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
2 : One Love – Bob Marley
3 : Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & the Wailers
4 : Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross
5 : Peter Tosh -Johnny Be Good Tonight
6 : Redemption Song – Bob Marley & the Wailers
7 : Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs
8 : Don’t turn around – Aswad
9 : 96 degrees in the shade – Third World
10: Israelites – Desmond Dekker & the Aces
11: Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley & the Wailers
12: Chant a psalm – Steel Pulse
13: 54-46 That’s My Number -Toots & the Maytals
14 :Two sevens clash – Culture
15: Put yourself in my place – Semi
16: Burning eyes – Boo & The True tones
17: Money in my pocket – Dennis Brown
18: Now that we found love – Third world
19: Marcus Garvey – Burning Spear
20: A chapter a day – Jacob Miller

Blessings,

Semi