Gratitude doesn't fix everything
‘Tis the season for gratitude.
The other day I posted this on my Instagram: “Wake up every single day with a grateful heart. It’s the single most life altering thing you can choose to do. What if, instead of focusing on all the little or big things that are wrong or not going as planned, we focused on the things we have to be grateful for. They can be so small but they add up and fill your cup once you choose to shift your attention that way. Keyword: CHOOSE.”
Now, I fully believe in this gratitude concept and it has honestly changed my life. By no means am I perfect in my practice, but as often as I can possibly make myself, I am there, gratitude blazing!
But there is an important distinction to be made when it comes to gratitude. I started meditating and exploring this the other day after seeing quite a few of my friends posting very honest messages about the hardships they are currently experiencing in their lives. (PS. Bravo to these beautiful souls for sharing so openly about what they are going through. We need more of this raw honesty in our world!)
Back to the point… Practicing gratitude does not mean that everything in your life will automatically be all sparkles, rainbows and unicorns. It does not mean all your problems will be solved. It does not mean everything will be peachy and uncomplicated. Gratitude does not fix everything, but it does give you a different lens to view life through. It gives you a new perspective that shifts the way you experience your day-to-day life, which in my opinion can be pretty huge.
Today I am grateful for…
My oldest daughter starting off her day by singing the Jitterbug song.
My youngest daughter sleeping in until 8am.
My husband having a long weekend off work.
Drinking a whole cup of coffee while still hot.
The kiddos playing by themselves so I could finish this writing.
Fill your cup with small moments of gratitude each and every day and watch how your old smudgy lenses, that once couldn’t see past the spilt milk in front of you, all of a sudden look up and see the world. I promise if you stick with this practice it will have an impact on your life. But don’t forget the keyword: CHOOSE.