With the holidays in the rear view it can be tempting to go full bore into life as usual. Now I'm not much into new year's resolutions, for many reason. Mainly because my gym gets too crowded for a couple of months and I can't use the equipment because half of the population in the city is trying to burn off 4 months of excess in a single night, but that's a whole other thing.
No I'm not into new year resolutions but this year I'm going to attempt to be more grateful. Between work, school, family, my relationship and friendships it can be easy to get swept away in the current of "what's next?". Eyes always on the horizon rarely looking at what I already have.
That's why I'm so happy I started UppwardLife.com, it forces me to sit down and think about life. My life and your life as well. It allows me to stumble upon ways to make our lives better. One of the best ways I've found is just to be grateful for the little and large things. Plus, one of my favorite aspects about gratitude is its absolutely FREE!! There are so many more though.
Being grateful for what you have in your life gives you peace. It allows a temporary moment in which you stop striving for the next shiny thing on your wish list. That can be worth it's weight in gold in a society that places such a high value on having a jam packed day planner.
Being grateful allows you the time to quiet your mind and get in touch with God. In the Bible it states, "Be still and know that I am your God". In my own life very rarely has The Lord let His presence be felt strongly in the rush of day. No, it's when I sit down and quiet my mind and give God praise for all that He's given me. That's when I feel a warmth inside my chest that lets me know He is with me. And that my friend is something to be grateful for!
Being grateful removes toxic emotions. You can't be pissed off, frustrated, full of regret and depressed when you look around and actually see all you DO have. All these weighty emotions begin to crop up when the "all about me" bubble begins to balloon out of control. So I'm going to try to pop that shit as much as possible by realizing that there are billions of people in the world who would trade places with me at the drop of a New York minute in a hat.
Finally, being grateful allows you to make your next move your best move. It allows you some time to be strategic about the next phase of your life because you aren't acting out of manufactured desperation. It allows you to take a step back and realize you don't "need" anything. But if you were to add something valuable to your life, what would it be? How would you go about getting it?
Think about it like this, desperate lower minded neediness is checkers, and higher minded gratitude is chess....play chess.
It would be a shame if we waited all the way until November when the government says it is time to be thankful. No we should take as many opportunities as possible to tell life " 'preciate it" because God knows I do. :)
Best of Life, Kris
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