OMG! I can be the worst. Seriously. And I can also be the best.
The best at reminding my friends and family just how important the practice of gratitude is and to do it daily.
And the worst at following that advice.
I don’t know if its hormones, laziness, lack of sleep or ego but the resistance can be palpable. It’s almost like I’m sitting with my arms crossed against my chest daring myself to prove it.
One day I’m on top of the world and the next day I don’t recognize myself.
I wonder why I can resist this so hard?
Maybe it’s because if I practice gratitude it will dissolve all the reasons I have to feel sad, mad, crappy, etc. (because it does!) And sometimes I
want to do feel that way.
Remember the song I Just Wanna Be Mad For Awhile?
Sometimes lamenting what was and longing for something more does feel good (at that moment), but it’s not a healthy place to linger for long.
When I have those moments and quickly recognize that it’s lack I’m feeling (a victory for sure) and I actually remember the practice of gratitude, it puts everything into perspective. And the more it’s practiced the easier it gets to do.
Sometimes cursing all the way. That’s pretty bad, right? Cursing my way to gratitude? HA!
But I START where I am. In truth.
My truth is sometimes I forget to count my blessings. But when I do remember…WOW! It’s powerful.
Life is meant to be JOY-FULL!
We all want to feel good. I know I do!
I want to look forward to the day and have something to get excited about.
I want people to feel vibrant and happy when they’re with me.
Heck, I want to feel vibrant and happy when I’m with me!
today…I am practicing gratitude…square one- start where you are.
I’m looking for JOY in all the things. Present moment things and past things as well.
Things that I have and things to come.
The little things, the big things, and all the in-between things.
I have been very intentional about this and am happy to report that it’s working! Even instantly -yes…it works that fast (so if you wanna keep feeling crappy- do NOT start with gratitude- but don’t hang out in that crappy space for long, it ain’t good!)
Here are a few things that have helped me:
- Making a list of things that I love like- a hug, stretching, yoga pants, hot tea, baking bread, the sunshine, etc. If I don’t have my pen and paper (not likely) then I simply start making a mental list.
- Making a change in routine will snap me into action: shower in the morning for example- instead of before bed, talk to new people, walk a different route. A little body confusion to get my brain awake and out of “habit” mode.
- Finding something to do that will keep my attention on the good things and crowding out the feelings of lack, like listening to uplifting music and dancing, for example. You can’t feel sad when you’re moving EN-JOY! 🙂
- Surrounding myself or reaching out to people that will lift me up and aren’t afraid to give me a good talkin’ too when I need it the most.
It’s true- “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Thank you, Dr. Dyer (how many times have I quoted this? It’s my life motto.)
Imagine what it would be like, what it would feel like if the whole world was practicing gratitude.
So…have you counted your blessings today?