Choose To Evolve. Choose Love. Be In Gratitude

Inhale love exhale gratitude

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different . . . ,
  –  C.S. Lewis
Every year I attend a retreat in Joshua Tree with Chief Robert Talltree and his wife Terri. My most recent intention with the retreat was two-fold. I wanted to take some time to just be, because lately I have been doing a lot of “doing”. I needed to rest and recharge. The second intention . . . was to become more in touch with my American Indian heritage. The retreat delivered on both accounts.
If your view of reality is not supportive, is not positive, is not charging you with energy and joy and zest each day, it is time to change what you are paying attention to.  It is time to change your focus.  It is time to change your very definition of what reality is, what your life is, what your future will be.
  – Brendon Burchard

The quote by C.S. Lewis really hit home about that. The one example I remember the most, because it surprised me was my attitude around money. I had learned when the movie “The Secret” came out years ago, about being in gratitude that I had the money to pay for my expenses. They suggested writing in the memo line of your check “thank you” or make a heart or something similar. I try to do that on my checks. Sometimes I forget, but most of the time the attitude of gratitude is there.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
  – Herbert Otto Gille
While we were having a discussion around money being energy, the importance of circulating energy and not letting it get stuck, etc…, I suddenly realized that my attitude around money had shifted sometime in the recent past, and I hadn’t realized it. I felt a sense of gratitude not that I had the money I needed to pay for my expenses, rather it was a sense of gratitude that the money I spent to pay for my expenses enabled others to be able to support their families and pay their bills. I was helping others by paying for my expenses.

I don’t know when it had shifted but it felt like the beginning of a wealth mindset had shifted into place. That the energy of money was flowing into my space and back out, with no discord or anxiety. No worries. It was just flowing by to meet not only my daily needs, but hundreds of other peoples daily needs.

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
  – Max DePree

 It is vital in our lives that we take the time to contemplate our life. To see what transformations are taking place in our life day by day. The little changes add up to spurts of growth. When we were children we loved to stand up against the wall and draw a new line across the top of our head to measure how much we have grown. We celebrated every single inch. We need to celebrate with the same exuberance our internal growth. 

Take the example of the growth of any plants seed. In order for the plant to grow, the seed has to be broken open. The same is true for us. 
Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.
  –  Adyashanti
 Just like the seed of any plant, the destruction of the outer shell has to happen. The caterpillar goes into the chrysalis to become the butterfly. It ends its old life to begin a new one.
She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.
  – Sarah Addison Allen

The old beliefs of “money is the root of all evil”, or “there is never enough paycheck for the month”, or “money doesn’t grow on trees” and so on – all of those beliefs had to die for my mindset to shift and change. It happened one small shift at a time. I learned to manifest changes little by little. Each time one block of the old belief was let go, until finally the whole building of that belief had been dismantled, and in its place was a flowing river. Money flows to me easily and freely.
If you want to have more, you  have to become more.  For things to change, you have to change.  For things to get better, you have to get better.  For things to improve, you have to improve.  If you grown, everything grows for you.
  – Jim Rohn

The two basic motivating forces in our lives are fear and love. We fear when we have an attitude of lack. The old beliefs around money were from the fear of lack, of not enough to go around. Coming from a space of love, we “know” that there is plenty of money for everyone. It flows freely in and back out. Instead of hyperventilating out of fear, we inhale slowly feeling the love and exhale slowly savoring the gratitude for the abundance that flows freely to us.

Seems like a pretty cool place to live life from!


Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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