Gratitude – What is it anyway?

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Meaning: The quality of being thankful. A readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Sometimes its easy to find myself in ‘What About Me Land’, consumed by what I want and what I think I deserve. Through past experiences, I have found that if I become consumed by these feelings, it repels people and doesn’t leave me open to receive positive experiences coming my way.

Reality Check;

  • People DON’T want to be around you when you are soured.
  • It does not make you a nice person.
  • Negative energy will not bring happiness.

How do we fix it?

You need to try and find things to be grateful for. What can you be thankful for? How can you turn a negative experience into a positive one? Sometimes you have to look deeply, but once you find it your perspective will alter dramatically. I believe in Pollyanna she called it “The Glad Game”, where in the darkest of times, she had to find things to be ‘glad’ about.

It takes practice, particularly when you have made a habit of not showing gratitude or recognising what you should be grateful for, but when you feel that negative mindset slip in, grab it and flip it. Be conscious its happening and stop it, even when you don’t think you will find anything to be thankful for, I PROMISE you that you will.

One of the things I have come to be most grateful for, is in fact one of the things which used to consume me the most; My toxic feelings and energy took me from a career I loved, to a career I resented and felt betrayed by. The more I hated it, the worst at my job I became and the less opportunity I was given, which in turn made me hate it more and the cycle continued. It served no one.

Now, I can look back and see this time in my life, when I was not receiving what I wished, as a blessing. The opportunity I was craving within my career had not previously served my mental health well, although at the time I didn’t realise that.

I don’t know what would have become of me had I have been awarded the opportunity I craved again and this scares me to think about. So yes, it was a massive blessing to me, one I have tremendous gratitude for. One that I look at now as saving parts of my soul which I know I would not have got back.

Now when the universes says, “Do you trust me?”
I say, “Yes.”

  • I am so very thankful that my experiences of PTSD have allowed me to recognise the need for more community awareness and thankful I found the bravery within myself to start my blog about it.
  • I am thankful for my job security
  • I am thankful for my Teammates and the laughs we have and support they give
  • I am thankful that I work close to home
  • I am thankful for my fortnightly pay check which allows me to feed my family
  • I am thankful I live in one of the most stunning parts of Australia
  • I am thankful I have a loving, honest, supportive and sexy husband
  • I am thankful I found my soulmate, who is the ying to my yang and calms me
  • I am thankful I have two healthy little boys
  • I an thankful one of them is ‘spirited’ as he has forced me to reflect on myself
  • I am thankful that in looking to support my son I found support for myself with doTERRA and I am thankful for the opportunities it had given me and the friends I have made via the company
  • I am thankful I am healthy and happy
  • I am thankful I have two amazing brothers and an amazing sister who have found perfect matches
  • I am thankful I was blessed with two nieces that are like my own
  • I am thankful for my parents and the love, support and friendship they give me
  • I am thankful that I was blessed to experience the love of all 4 grandparents into adulthood
  • I am thankful that whilst on nightshift, although tired, I get to see the streets still, the world sleeping and the sun rising- the most stunning part of the day
  • I am thankful for my many friendship groups and the diversity they all provide me
  • I am thankful I am me- cause there is no one else like me

What are you thankful for?

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