the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
A couple of weeks ago my normal 20 minute drive home from work took 3 and a half hours…Tragically there was a road accident resulting in the death of one of the drivers, which closed the freeway for about 9 hours. I recall being on the phone to my Mum and complaining about being stuck in the car for 2 hours (at that point). My beautiful Mum said to me “but what about the person who just lost their life and the poor family that just lost someone”.
Whoaaaa talk about a wake up call! That brought me right back down to earth let me tell you.
It reminded me that in any given moment that we have a choice. We choose our perception of each and every situation. It is so easy to let anger or frustration take over but when we buy into these emotions who is it really serving?
Sure I was frustrated at being stuck in my car but being frustrated sure as hell wasn’t going to get me home any faster. After the wake up call from my Mum, I put on Melissa Ambrosini’s podcast and just surrendered to the fact that my drive home was out of my control. That was certainly a far more productive use of my time than sitting there whinging and whining.
Gratitude also comes into play when we decide how to perceive a situation. Instead of feeling like a victim of the situation, try flipping your perceptions on their head. In moments of anger or frustration (or any other emotion which comes from a place of fear), ask yourself what are you truly achieving by feeling this emotion, and then try gratitude instead. Instead of complaining, ask yourself how you can be grateful for the situation.
When your electricity bill comes in, be grateful for the fact you have a home to have electricity connected to your home.
When your car registration bill arrives, be grateful for the fact you have a car.
When you get a speeding fine, be grateful for the reminder to slow down and drive home safely.
When things don’t go to plan, be grateful to the opportunity for learning and growth.
Gratitude is an attitude. Because we have a choice. And believe it or not it takes WAY less energy to find a reason to be grateful than it does to be angry or frustrated.
When we are in gratitude it is very difficult for our inner mean girl to take control of the show. Instead of focusing our attention on the negative we shift our focus to the positive and choose love over fear.
What YOU can do to amp up the gratitude in your life?
Start a gratitude practice. It can be as simple as waking up in the morning and saying (preferably out loud) 3 things you are grateful for. You could also start a gratitude journal and write everything you are grateful for when you wake up in the morning or before you go to sleep at night.
Tell me beautiful what 3 things are you grateful for right now? Do you have a gratitude practice? Share with me in the comments below.
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