Episode 29: The excitement lies in the story! Stories are major to our being able to continually see the call for gratitude in our lives. They are our evidence of the undisputable reasoning of why we have cause to be grateful. Why are we so riveted to the television, a good book, a conversation? Because of the story being played out. When it comes to gratitude in our lives, there’s a story in the mix leading to each lineage of gratitude.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:
Finding the truth in our stories
We know the excitement lies in the story. We hear it and experience it each and every day. The things that hold our attention, that we lean into are the things that come with a good storyline. Why are we riveted to the television, a good book, a conversation? Because of the story being played out.
Stories are major to our being able to continually see the call for gratitude in our lives. They are our evidence of the undisputable reasoning for why we have cause to be grateful.
It’s All In How You See It
If we jump from one trial to the next without ever picking up the pieces and learning from our past, we become vulnerable and we get stuck.
We have to find the beauty in the chaos and make something of it. Things will happen in your life we can’t control. But, we can change the way we look at things. It’s how we decide to bear things that will decide how we continue to live our life.
Gratitude is more than you see on the surface
It’s easy to find Gratitude in the obvious. Those stories that give you that feel-good feeling, when things great happened or when you find yourself basking in the amazingness of life and creation. But what about other dimensions of living?
How do we uncover those treasures of gratitude in every aspect of our lives? How do we uncover them in the mundane, the comedy, the horror, the drama, and the documentaries of life? Through our stories!
Our stories help us remember all the things we have to be grateful for, what about all the people?
Giving flowers is so much more
“Give them their flowers while they’re still alive” Have you ever heard that phrase before? What this particular phrase is referring to is acknowledging those in our lives while they can still hear, enjoy, and be celebrated. It’s about all the things we should have said and didn’t because we said we’d do it later.
I have seen people I know who had issues or love/hate relationships with people, stand there at their funeral and say some pretty amazing positive things. Even those who may have hurt us in some way I can just about bet you can find some small thing to be grateful for in their crossing on your life path.
Starting small with gratitude
I used to think my mom was hard on me but as I got older I realize it was her love for me that gave her the courage to push me to press beyond what I believed was possible. It was her loving push that taught me how to draw on my own strength and how to stand up for myself. And so I share with you in this podcast how my siblings and I gave my mom her flowers in an amazing way.
That’s what I want to challenge you to do. You don’t have to give out the full bouquet, but as you go about life, I would encourage you to daily hand out a rose. Just a small flower to at least one person a day showing them how you’re grateful for their walking onto your life’s path.
Until next time,
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