I wake up every morning grateful.
Grateful to be waking up in this world again. Grateful to have another opportunity to share my gifts, be of service and find ways to lift others.
Grateful for another opportunity with my son, husband, friends, family. Grateful for puppy kisses.
It wasn’t always this way. It wasn’t always easy. It’s not my normal state and it’s not a state that I was groomed in while growing up.
I have spent a significant portion of my life surrounded by incredibly negative people. Crabs in the bucket, as they say.
Becoming grateful has been a CHALLENGE, and is sometimes challenging still. The world is actively cultivating victim mentality and has been doing so for a very long time. It has become a competition in many circles – who has the biggest, best victim story. We humans are genetically predisposed to see the negative first, it’s kept us alive for thousands of years, but that also means it’s easy to believe the negative news on TV, socials, etc.
Thinking like a victim is easy.
Defaulting to negative thoughts, fear, and doubt is easy.
Becoming grateful takes WORK. But is also easy.
How do I know?
I did it.
I went from waking up every morning with a long list of all the things that were sure to go wrong that day to waking up with gratitude being the first thing in my thoughts, and the first thing out of my mouth.
How did I do it?
I made it a discipline.
I learned techniques that helped me to rewire my brain.
I became EMBODIED with gratitude. And it changed my life.
I can’t remember the last time I woke up from a panic attack, or because I was afraid of something, or any of the other reasons I used to wake up in a state of nervousness and anxiety.
I still have the same problems I had before. And in some ways, I have even more problems now.
But I have changed. And that changed how I view those problems and how I respond to them.
The change that moved me from confused, chaotic, and anxious to clear, focused, and confident … was creating a practice of gratitude.
If you want to hear more about it, drop me a comment.
Simply put: an excellent reminder to embrace gratitude as a concept you can bring into your life. Well donen!
Gratitude isn’t often talked about as a discipline, but that is truly what it is. A practice, a discipline, a daily thing. Every day. It’s so simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. Sharpen the axe.