It can be so darn tough trying to feel positive and grateful when you are in a really crappy situation.
For a moment there, it’s much easier to wallow in our crap and feel sorry for ourselves and deal with the situation at hand, especially when things happen that shock us. And it’s perfectly okay to do this!
But once we have had time to process what has happened, there comes a sense of clarity that allows us to see those things around us that were hiding behind our busyness while we were being stressed, worried, angry, sad.
It might be as simple as noticing the first blossom on a fruit tree (I’ve been looking out my window every morning waiting for the first sign of spring!) or overhearing a funny conversation between your kids. This morning, I looked at my 4 year old and thought, “You look older today!”
When we practice gratefulness, we can appreciate what we have rather than hang onto what we once had or look for something that we think we want. Appreciation and gratefulness go hand in hand, and can do wonders for our sense of worth and our level of happiness.
Recently, there was an explosion of gratefulness posts on Facebook that invited people to write 3 things they were grateful for each day for 5 days. Apart from being a nice change from the usual Facebook junk, I did notice friends participating who I had never known to express that level of gratefulness. I enjoyed reading their posts, and I enjoyed thinking about the flow on effect of expressing gratefulness to everyone on social media.
The more we express our gratefulness to the world, the more positive energy we create, and we can never have enough positivity! The effects are far more powerful than lecturing people on how to be happier, because we are inviting people to take a different view of their lives and to open themselves up to becoming grateful for what they currently have.
It’s a shift in thinking that creates a ripple effect.
When we notice what’s around us, we realise that everything will work out fine. The crap we were wallowing in, won’t consume us for much longer.
And with that, I’d like to share 3 things I’m currently grateful for:
1. The ability to make decisions about my life, even when I think I have no choice or control.
2. A glass of water.
3. Being a woman, a mother, who is studying a University degree from the comfort of her home.
What are you grateful for?