Be grateful. Gratitude unlocks the doors to your heart and opens your world up in ways previously unimaginable. Gratitude is the stage and the players are joy, peace, love, acceptance, belonging, and compassion. Make time to be grateful and happiness will be your reward.
When you find yourself spiraling into thoughts and attitudes of scarcity, stop yourself and think of what you have to be grateful for. Stop spending time wishing things were different and focus on the good things in your life, at this very moment. It is no secret that where our thoughts go our lives go as well.
If you are having trouble being grateful, try this: start with just one small thing to be grateful for. Then add another gratitude to it. Keep this going and when you think there is nothing more to be grateful for, think of one more thing. You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you’ll feel after practicing gratitude.
Take care of yourself. If you don’t, then who will? We are often led to believe that self-care is selfish, especially if others are expecting or wanting something from us. But it’s just the opposite. You must first love yourself before we you can love others; forgive yourself before we can forgive others; be joyful before you can share in the joys of others.
The best real-life analogy for this is the airline oxygen mask spiel: “If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask first, then assist the other person. Keep your mask on until a uniformed crew member advises you to remove it.” This is life and death. Secure your own sanity and wellbeing before going out into the world. No one wants help from a rundown crazy person….Check out Jessica’s other strategies on InspireMeToday.com!
Jessica Amos is a Story Maven and Soul Docent offering stories as beacons to self-discovery, peace, love, joy, gratitude, abundance and belonging.