The inability to be in an automatic state of gratitude is a shortcoming that most of us have because most times our thoughts are reactionary and not proactive. We are always waiting for something to happen so that we can feel thankful for it.
Our focus seems to zoom in far more on the details of all those things that are not going quite the way we want them, failing to give more precedence to those one’s that are working out.
Then again, when all our lines do fall into place, our worries are reduced and a sense of complacency and taking things for granted takes over our thought pattern.
Thankfulness should be as essential as taking in air, as we wake up each morning to the gift of a new day.
Indeed, there are days that I feel run off my feet or overwhelmed by many things that are not going quite as planned, however training my mind has thought me to learn when to ‘press the stop button on the moaning and to tune into grace.’
I am thankful for this continued transformation and the emboldening of my mind power.
Today, I walked into the nearest supermarket around me to grab a couple of things for cooking and I give thanks for the abundance of food that’s available and the fact that I can afford it when some may not be in a position to do so right now.
I always look at the name tag of the sales person who waited on me to call them by their given name and thank them for their assistance.
Many times I enjoy the reward of watching a face transform with a smile from this little gesture of acknowledgment.
In so many ways, my needs are being met and a lot of times in rather unexpected ways, for all these underserved measures, I give thanks.
It’s the start of Lent and a season of deeper reflection. May your reflections bring you enlightenment.
If you wish to participate in a gratitude challenge, there are several gratitude/thankful platforms in the blogosphere that you can tune into and get your ithankful going on. I can’t express in words the enormity of Joy and fulfillment that comes from having a heart of gratitude. Please check out Maria’s blog, Colline’s blog and Bernadette’s for thankful/gratitude challenges.
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A beautiful post Jacqueline expressing a thought I agree with.
I’ve finally had to admit I’m overwhelmed and made the decision today to stay silent on one of my blogs for the next 40 days. I can no longer keep up with the blog with my work schedule. My job requires me to work extremely long hours and I have no time for extra activities. Also New York is an extremely expensive city to live. Plus I’m overwhelmed with work and life in general. For me that’s the signal that it is time to quit or at least slow down. Quitting and Giving up can be a good thing.
So I’m dropping off the face of the earth except my photography blog Roaming Urban Gypsy. https://roamingurbangypsy.com/
Love this! To be able to breathe with gratitude is a wonderful gift!
One year my daughter stopped doing FB for 40 days as her 40-day Lent Challenge. It’s a good thing of what you do!