Good Afternoon!!! 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:
New York Visits. Airplanes. Tea. Seattle. Love.
There are no right or wrong answers. It is about what you are grateful for. It is proven that doing this once a week 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:
I was visiting family this past week in NYC and am always reminded at how much I love my relatives. I see, as I age, how much I am loved as well but that I also need boundaries around those who have yet to have them for themselves. I also must remember, which is easy for me to do, that we only treat others how we treat ourselves. We all want love, we all need love. We all want support, we all need support. No matter where you are, what you are doing, these things are always the case. You are not an island and you cannot do it all on your own. Even if it is just interacting with others, we need that connection and it is always more fun when the interaction is one where we feel love and respect. So why do we have so many issues being kind to one another? What is so hard about respecting and being generous with each other? Well, if you have a hard time doing that for yourself then you most certainly will be short and impatient with those around you.
We forget, when people have been in our lives for a long time, how to be careful with them, how to show them kindness and reverence. We forget because we lose sight of who and what we all are, we aren't supported around our divinity and in all honesty, we are told that we aren't divine, but sinful and worthless in so many ways. So it is no wonder that we start to treat each other with spite and disrespect. We don't truly know how we are just putting on others what we feel for ourselves. The thing is, it isn't that difficult to come back to where we started if you just begin practicing a few things to wake yourself up.
You can start to ask yourself questions before you open your mouth to speak or send energy out to anyone. Is what I am doing/saying moving me in the direction of love or not? It is never too much to think before you say or do. Acknowledge whether what your words are helpful or hurtful to the relationship you are engaged in. Know why you are doing what you are doing, be clear and honest with yourself. Then remember what you want is what everyone else wants too; love, respect, attention, stability. We really are one and the same when you drill down deep enough. When you ask yourself if you are coming from a place of love and support before you communicate the whole world opens up in a way that is hard to comprehend until you do it. What do you have to lose? Better question, what do you have to gain?