As I met with some friends this past weekend we discussed the topic of gratitude. We all agreed practicing daily gratitude is beneficial. However, we were also humbled as we admitted we don’t always F-E-E-L grateful.
Have you ever not felt grateful? Have you ever said you were grateful but no one could tell, including yourself? Maybe you’ve even had times you wondered if there was anything to be grateful for?
What my friends and I realized is when we look through a pinhole it’s tough to see the full view. And when we focus on aspects we don’t like we lose our ability to F-E-E-L grateful.
Sure there are times and situations in life that can test us. Sometimes they even last several months or years. However, waiting for the external changes to occur in order to feel better inside is a guaranteed recipe for greater turmoil. For example, did you ever say, “I’ll be grateful when (fill in the blank).” Or possibly you even said, “What’s there to be grateful for?”
To achieve success in our lives we must transform ourselves from the inside out. In fact that’s where the concept of Embrace Your Rights started. Nearly 20 years ago I didn’t believe I had anything to be grateful for and certainly wasn’t doing well at this thing called “life.”
That’s when I wrote myself a list of Rights to give myself permission to live – AND learn to enjoy life. Earlier this year I was nudged; okay propelled into effortless action before I realized what was happening; to revisit those Rights and create a format beneficial to all – thus the birth of Embrace Your Rights.
I thank God (Universe, Source, Higher Power – whatever your preference) for my transformation (an on going process) and for my abilities to serve others. I also thank each one of you for sharing in my journey.
Food for thought as we prepare to feast on food:
- How often do you practice gratitude? Practicing daily gratitude will transform your life.
- Are you expressing your gratitude out loud? Even if only you and the walls hear it, there is greater benefit when we speak our gratitude aloud.
- Do you F-E-E-L grateful? The feeling is the key.
- Until we speak and F-E-E-L grateful for what we have, the Universe (God, Source, Higher Power) will not entrust us with more.
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate the holiday and to those of you who don’t enjoy an awesome and grateful day!