Episode 30: This Gratitude thing isn’t easy. It takes courage, discipline, and vigilance to live an authentic life of gratitude. Everything comes with limits and practicing gratitude is no exception, so it’s important that we know how to identify and manage our boundaries as we are moving forward in gratitude. But practicing isn’t all about being busy, it’s also incorporating the art of restfulness and slowing down long enough to create the space to feel the gratitude.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:
Practicing Gratitude isn’t easy
This gratitude thing ain’t easy! It takes courage, discipline, and vigilance to live an authentic life of gratitude. Everything comes with limits and practicing gratitude is no exception, so it’s important that we know how to identify and manage our boundaries as we are moving forward in gratitude.
How do we take this new practice of daily gratitude into the next year, and make it a solid factor in our lives?
Passing on the Lessons of Gratitude
It starts with how we start and end our day. One of life’s biggest lessons I learned was, “Start as you mean to go on”! Believe it or not, this holds true at work, in relationships, at home, wherever you are, this holds true.
But for now, what I’m referring to is how you start your day has a considerable impact on how your day plays out, and how you end your day has a substantial impact on how you sleep and rise in the morning. It requires commitment and repetition to make these practices valuable habits in your lifestyle.
It Starts With You
And with this, we rest, reflect, and rejoice. When we are able to share the joy of our blessings and lift up others we are living within the purpose of our existence. There is a joy in seeing the progress and the growth in the person we are becoming and there is a freedom of rest, knowing we don’t have to do it all, be it all or fix it all.
We learn the grace, gratitude, and compassion of resting in the moment and being fully present. For that moment will never come again. But we are here, now, and for that…I am eternally grateful.
The freedom we experience in rest
Sometimes the hardest person to practice grace and gratitude with is ourselves, and one of the greatest ways of showing that gratitude is by believing we are worthy of the grace of gratitude.
It’s about making that decision to allow yourself to experience the grace of less pain, less stress, healthier relationships, and having physical, mental, and emotional stability. And most importantly, practicing better self-control.