What does gratitude look, sound and feel like to you? Gratitude is a form of acknowledging our blessings. When we embrace our blessings we have more bestowed upon us. Most people find it easy to be grateful for laughter, smiles, love, joy, abundance – stuff we refer to as pleasant or enjoyable. What about when a gift comes in disguise? How gracious are you then?
Those situations that can appear as a hassle, frustration or a plain pain in the ass seem to have a way of unveiling valuable gems for our lives. Of course we first have to be able to see past the often very concealing mask. And many times we would prefer if the gift had come in a different package. There are even times we question if the blessing that was eventually revealed was worth the price of what we experienced or lost in the process. What good thing, maybe even miracle, can you recall from a situation that you would have preferred to receive another way?
Wouldn’t it be great to make adjustments before the delivery becomes so painful? Recall a time when you finally “got it” and then realized the growth opportunity had presented itself in different forms earlier in your life. Maybe you were previously simply unaware or maybe you chose to avoid the issue because of action that would be necessary. Either way, the outcome was the same. Situations intensified until we were willing or able to get the message. Ironically, then we claim to have preferred a less painful route. Amazing how very hard headed we can be!
When we see only the visible, tangible effects we can be blinded to the real benefits of life. During this season of giving thanks I invite you to pause and look beyond the surface for blessings. Consider some of the following:
- The ability to love and be loved
- A helping hand lent to you or you lending a helping hand (these can often blend into daily routine and be overlooked)
- Willingness to forgive (resentment kills the heart that harbors it)
- Courage to get back up when life delivers a blow that knocks us off our feet
- Hope and Faith when faced with the inability to see possibilities beyond imminent circumstances
- People who love and forgive you despite mistakes you may have made
What could you add to this list?
Imagine little by little adding more gratitude to everyday you wake up. At first this may be a stretch depending on a variety of factors. This is definitely a situation where the smallest of effort makes a difference… though maybe unnoticeable initially – at least on the surface.
What if you merely said “thank you” as a mantra for an entire day? Or maybe simply utter those words when you wake and when you turn in after your day. Maybe you have another idea how to seep gratitude into daily living. Imagine transforming your life and helping others to transform theirs. Who’s up for an experiment?
How about between now and next month’s newsletter you practice adding gratitude… either by a suggestion listed here or your own idea. Monitor how you feel and what you experience. Share your ideas and what you notice with me, then I’ll circulate a summary of what gratitude looks, sounds and feels like to everyone. Let’s have some fun raising energy levels and creating beneficial outcomes… many thanks!