It always feels like once November hits, people tend to get into the spirit for the holidays. I always wondered if it was a genuine spirit excited for the holidays or just one created for appearances sake. So I thought, what better way to test the waters than to commit 100 days of being grateful intentionally. As human beings we may forget to do things, like say thank you or hold the door open for the person behind us. Where did the gratitude go? Did it get lost in the shuffle of life or has it been trampled on and worn out?
Maybe you have been in a place where you don’t think thank you is necessary. Or maybe your life has been turned upside down and you don’t know what your thankful for anymore. A lot of loss has occurred and for some people, they lost multiple family members and friends back to back. That’s a lot for anyone to go through. So maybe their view on like is a bit jacked up. The question I ask is, does it have to be? Can someone going through a hard time still be thankful? The short answer is yes. The long answer is that you have to be willing to do the work to see the beauty in your whole situation and not just part of it. It’s not meant to be easy, but it is meant to shift your mindset.
You don’t have to wait to live a more grateful life.
My challenge to you is to write down 3-5 things that you are grateful for each day, Start getting into the habit of doing this. If you need help, I created, “Live a Life of Gratitude daily journal,” that guides you in process with journal prompts and more. Click the link to grab your copy today:
What are you focusing on?
Grab a copy of my journal and dedicate time to do the work in yourself that is needed to stop seeing life from the jacked up vantage point you are used to. Stop letting what happens in life dictate how you live. Take back control. If a photographer can’t capture the essence of the beauty in a shot, he/she doesn’t just give up. They change the lens. Guess what? Changing the lens can make a picture go from a nice shot, to stunning beauty. It’s all about how you view your shot. If that doesn’t do it, then change your angle. No one said you have to look at things from the say tired spot anyway.
Stick with the process. That means even on the days when you don’t want to get up or do anything, I want you to get up do something. Go outside, read a book, pray, meditate, love on yourself. Don’t get stuck in your own mess.
Acknowledging your feelings and being honest with yourself is a must. You have to know where you are mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically to be able to know where you’re headed. The journey isn’t going to be perfect, but it will be worth it.