How often do you remember to be grateful?
It is something that is so simple yet we so often we forget and go about our day. We find it even simpler to complain. For some reason complaining has no limitations. If we change that around and create an abundance of being and feeling grateful, I guarantee you will see a shift in your day and thoughts. You day will become brighter and your smile will become bigger. It is unbelievable what we forget to be thankful for and realize what we have in front of us each and every day. It is not just for Thanksgiving or any other holidays throughout the year or when we go to church. It is not so much the big things but the small things that truly count. Big waves comes from little splashes. I recently asked this question to some people and began posting it on social media and things that people were grateful for was amazing. The response it got was incredible. People were mentioning things such as breathing, music, family, friends, skills, talents, love, time spent with loved ones that are no longer, jobs, for an inspirational article they read, for a post they saw on social media, nature, opportunities, and objects that people wouldn’t think twice about. It was a beautiful thing to see.
It begins to start a trend for people to regularly once a day post on your sites and just say out loud what you are grateful for that day. I do this each and every day myself. This is not just something you want to do once in awhile for it to make a difference and create change in you. For 365 days make it a point not to forget to do this. We should be grateful every day not just when it is convenient or when something good happens or comes into our lives. You will notice such a change in your thinking and in your life. You see things differently by doing this. It seems like a simple task, but it is not. It is hard for some to remember. Do not let only the big things stand out. We must concentrate on every little thing that creates the bigger blessings in our lives. The big things in life normally start as something small and they grow…just as a flower starts as a seed.
We get caught up in life and nonsense and forget to smell those roses and appreciate our surroundings. We need to enjoy the journey and not rush through it. Take the time out of your busy schedule. It does take but a moment of our lives. Don’t think of it as silly. Think of it as a necessary part of your day to get you through it. We all have bad days and good days. Being ungrateful on those bad days might just make those bad days turn into weeks and months or what seems like a dark cloud hovering over us. Do people of faith only pray when they need something? Though some people might, that is just not the way it should work. What are you grateful for today? Our lives are usually filled with chaos that we don’t see the inspiration that presents itself at our door. We are conformed to hearing or seeing bad news. We are conformed to the “so called” norms of modern society. We are spoiled and needy. It is sad but also very true.
We can all admit to that in some form. I have found myself falling into it as well, but I admit to my truth as we all should. I hear on a daily basis how busy everybody is to take the time to do the things they say they are going to do or to do something for another. Breaking news, we are all busy. Stop making excuses to thank someone or tell someone you appreciate them. This is not only saying we are grateful but showing it. Words only go so far and mean so much. We must take action. Doing and saying are two very different things. I challenge each person to do this every day for 365 days. After that, do it again. It is not a one time deal. No matter how hard life becomes, this will make it a bit easier to handle when those curve balls come at you. You can be grateful for the sun or for a new friend you made. Don’t worry about how it sounds to someone else. Start a trend, pay it forward, spread the word, and spread the love. You will see the response you get and it will astonish you as it did me when I tried it for just a week. How will you change your perception? Will you change the way you see your life and the world? In going too fast in life you miss out on all the deep breathes and only focus on the short ones that will drain our positive energy – Dana Jacoviello We need those long breathes to refill our energy and souls. Be grateful for that long breath as each one is gift and a blessing.
Dana Jacoviello is a writer, psychology student, student affiliate of APA and NYSPA, works in cyber-bullying investigations with her business partner, and particiapted in a 30 Day Challenge as an expert in healing and recovery in personal growth/emotional well-being for the OM Times. Dana is also a motivational mentor and coach, with a strong interest in networking and social media, healing, recovery, yoga and meditation. Please join Dana on her latest anti-bullying campaign/project www.bullieskeepout.com
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