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:
Pushing Myself In Every Way. Lunch Dates with Awesome People. Cooking. Incense. Books.
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:
This is the week of Thanksgiving! For many this means a day off of work and family joy and/or drama. For me it means that I teach on the holiday (which I always request) and cook up some yummy food to share with lovely people or just by myself, depending on the year. It also means that I spend a lot of time thinking about gratitude, writing about gratitude and coaching around gratitude. It is a time where people are in the appreciation mood and, for that, I am grateful. So instead of writing about gratitude, which I do on a regular basis… I will list things that I appreciate and am thankful for:
My soul and its unrelenting quest to get sh*t done. My mother for birthing me, loving me with all of herself, teaching me everything she could and being fully human. My father for being unapologetically who he is, which was never that present, but he owned it. My cat Hobbes for being a tyrant, a friend and companion to Pumpkin, my other little kitty. Both are gone now. My desire for perfection with a lot of humor and discipline thrown in. I have known that I wasn't cut out for mediocrity for as long as I can remember and now, I understand that it because it is a way for people to give up before they reached their full potential (which takes a sh*t ton of work). My sister for reflecting me back to me and reminding me of my true gifts. She loves me and I love her. My ex's, of which there are many. They all are a part of my writing, my work. Thank you for being the challenges, blessings and loves that you were. My ability to stay in the moment. I am very present. My calling which is to wake people up to love. My Jackson Smackson cat. He is a big cat with an aural fixation (he bites). My Etta for coming into my life and changing how I am more consistently than any other thing ever has. My home, I love this place and look forward to being in it more and more as I improve on things here and there. My readers, without you I would be sending this to my 8 other emails. Thank you for being open and sharing a bit of yourselves by allowing me into your lives.
To create a life full of thanksgiving and love take whatever the feelings you get from appreciating your life and share those with the world. Remember you are the one that can change the world. You can start with refusing to allow your lower self to be in charge. You can live a life that is an inspiration to yourself. You can create the space for others to do the same.