One way we express the spirit in life is through an act of gratitude. When we offer our thanks and appreciation for the efforts of others -- whether individuals or organizations or society -- we move from the ego plane to the universal and transcendent planes. It is that movement that releases concentrations of energy that align with powerful positive conditions that come back to us as instances of sudden good fortune.
An individual was having a conversation with another where he expressed his admiration for Microsoft, who have bent over backwards to make each new iteration of its software backwards compatible with previous versions. It has sacrificed even its own state-of-the-art developments to insure that it is compatible with “legacy” systems. This individual went on to express his gratitude that Microsoft had thus performed a great service for society -- i.e. enabled organizational data to carry forward from the past so that it could be used in the future. At that very moment, another individual appeared on the scene with a check to pay the consultant for services rendered, when he thought that he might not be paid for a month. In addition, he was paid an amount that exceeded his expectations. It was life responding to his expression of heartfelt gratitude.
At each point where we express gratitude for those who have helped us -- including the divine Spirit itself -- life moves towards us with instances of luck. If you perceive this miracle even once, you are more likely to express your gratitude in the future. Even dark thoughts, such as perceptions of one’s own failures in life, will give way to offering one’s thanks and appreciation for current positive conditions. That gratitude will in turn have the effect of cancelling future failure, while attracting additional positive outcomes.