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The Practice of Gratitude

Gratitude: The quality of feeling or being thankful.

I can’t remember when it started, but I was not always grateful. At least nothing compared to the extent that I am today. Perhaps I graced the table before dinner, because Mom told us to. I had to say, “Thank you” when someone gave us something or said something nice to us, because again, Mom told us to; and we’d get a smack-down later after the nice people left if we didn’t. But it was something I did, mostly because I was TOLD I should because it was the “POLITE” thing to do.  Later in my rebellious teenage years however, I didn’t HAVE TO  – so I didn’t.

It was not until a few years ago that I really remember that my practice of “being grateful” became a regular part of my existence. I mean, if anyone would listen to the amount of times I say, “Thank you Daddy!” (The name I use to call God) – they would probably think I’m a bit “too grateful.” Yet I don’t believe anyone can really be “too grateful” and so I really don’t care what others think. This is really between me and my Daddy!

I’ll give you an example of a normal day and night. If I turn in my bed and I’m actually aware of it: I say “Thank you Daddy.” If I get up to use the bathroom, I say, “Thank yo Daddy.” I get out of bed, “I say, “Thank you Daddy.” I see a beautiful bird, animal, tree, sky …And this continues all day, everyday. You get the picture 🙂

I’ll tell you what I’ve discovered. The moment I take the time to say, “Thank you!” is the moment I don’t have the time to bitch and complain about anything. Being grateful for everything also leaves very little time to go around feeling sorry for myself. I’m more focused on the “good” than on the “bad” – and as the saying goes, “What you focus on continually, grows.” And I’m certainly happy that I’m not a contributor to the growth of the “bad things” that can happen in life.

I also thank God for the challenges I face – so I can learn, grow, and become stronger. It would be ridiculous to pretend that everything is always great; but how we CHOOSE to interpret these challenges is the important thing. So I CHOOSE to see my challenges and roadblocks as a learning experience.

So – how did I manage to do this? Well, after experiencing my fair share of challenges, I realized that I had to change my MINDSET around challenges, if I hoped to survive and not go “stark raving mad!” So I read, studied, listened to and consumed any and everything pertaining to changing my MINDSET.

This is why I’m so passionate about helping others to change their MINDSET – because I know that is what empowered me to be at a place where I see struggles as lessons to be learned; setbacks as God’s timing; disappointments, as God’s protection; delays, as God’s stop signs; heartbreak, as God moving me out of something I shouldn’t be in, because He has so much better for me!

If you’re tired of being at the mercy of all life has to bring, schedule a call and I can show you how I’ve come to this place of freedom and empowerment – where the world could be falling apart – and I’d probably say, “Okay then.”

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