Do you know you could be more grateful? I know I could be. Do you sometimes forget to be grateful? Ugh, I do that too!
Gratitude is a muscle that only gets more developed with practice. We know this; in fact we know a lot of things. Imagine what your life would be like if . . . when . . . you applied all the things you claim to know.
Gratitude, like any skill development, requires persistence. What excuse do you use for selling out on yourself? Ever feel like you “think” or talk gratitude yet are unable to feel it? Or maybe in spite of your efforts you wonder if you’re cursed as things always seem to be against you or you feel like everything is a struggle for you?
First, decide to let go of the idea that life is supposed to be easy. Hanging on to this notion creates stress and keeps you off track. Life is what you make it. The Sunday NY times had a headline on page 22 of the Arts section “No, It Isn’t Supposed to Be Easy.” Most of us tend to make life, work, and relationships, a lot harder and then grumble about the difficulty.
Making things difficult leads to the second piece of the solution which is to look within for the change to be made instead of someone or some thing outside of you to change.
On a recent flight there were several children, including restless and ornery toddlers. My first thought, I could have done without this because I want to get some work done.
What situation has occurred for you that you had some sort of a derogatory “oh great” response – even if only in your head?
Second thought, reframe it Karen. That’s right I told myself, you know, one of the most powerful ways to express gratitude is to do so in advance of something unfolding. Let me set an intention and I gave thanks in advance for all the children to settle and be quiet.
When have you focused outside of yourself to have the quality of your life;
in any way, shape, or form improve? When you do that you turn over your power . . . and your responsibility!
The third and best thought! Thank you, thank you, thank you, (my request to spirit for support and expression of gratitude in advance to achieve), that I get in a zone so that I can do what I need to do and be un-phased by other activity.
What, or who, are you annoyed or irritated at? When that occurs you are expecting someone or some thing outside of you to change so your life can be as you desire. How can you reframe what is happening so you reclaim your power and take the responsibility you are otherwise abdicating to others?
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