Good Morning!!! Tuesday Gratitude Practice is here!!! How will you take what you are grateful for through the rest of your day? This isn't just about writing it down and sending it back… put it out there! Let the world feel your appreciation! Let's make a difference.
This only takes a few moments to do but gives to you for much, much longer. So put down whatever you are doing and take a couple of minutes for yourself. Every Tuesday morning I am going to ask you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for and email them to me (keep for yourself as well). What are you feeling gratitude around? Here are mine for this week:
LC and my other fly ass FlyWheel Riders.
Skype and other video calling software.
There are no right or wrong answers. It is about what you are grateful for. It is proven that doing this once a week for three months (actually just 9 weeks) makes you happier, healthier, exercise more and less sensitive to perceived slights. You will sweat the small stuff less and focus on what really matters.
So… what are you waiting for???
Food for thought:
Today is about appreciation. What are you taking for granted? Well, let's see. When was the last time you were grateful for your eyes? Your fingers? Your computer screen and all of the people who made it possible for you to receive this message in the way that you are receiving it? Do you appreciate the words as they are strung together and your ability to comprehend them. Have you said thank you to the language gods and your parents and teachers that taught you how to use it? Are you appreciating the chair you are sitting in or the floor you are standing on? What about the clothes that are covering your body or the skin that keeps you all in? What about your heart that keeps on beating and your smile that shows up here and there? Are you grateful for the people who put the street lights up so we don't crash into one another on our travels? What about the music that is made for us to dance, cycle and meditate to? The farmers who grow our food, the drivers who deliver it to us or the cashiers that make sure the transactions go smoothly? How about your friends and family for helping you be who you are today? How about moments being all that there is?
One of the serious issues in the world is our lack of appreciation for the abundance of support we have. We are always wanting more and rarely seeing that all of this is a gift. We have the audacity to say that anyone anytime should do something for us when the truth is, us getting something from another, regardless of who it is, is a choice, a gift and an honor. Our parents' decision to care for us, our lover's choice to be faithful, our friends decision to connect, these are not givens. Yet, we feel like we are supposed to be treated a certain way due to the relationships we have with various people. When you feel that something is a given, you miss the gifts in the giving. Take time out each day to look around at what you are being gifted with on a regular basis. Pay attention and give appreciation. When you focus on those things they become amplified.
Have fun seeing what is good in your world… don't forget to look in the mirror and start with you.