Shift Into Gratitude

Posted on November 5, 2012 by

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Another year has flown by and like a student sitting in the front row of a class, I feel I have learned so much.  In all honesty, during the  last couple of years my world has been one giant roller coaster of highs, lows, twists, turns and transitions.  During the high times, I breeze through the day and my GT journey like a pro.  The moments of transitions, twists and lows I have had to dig deep, access my newly found life skills and embrace changing my headspace from one of victim and poor me to one of gratitude, thankfulness and strength.

It is easy to be grateful on the good days of life; I stop and acknowledge all of the blessings in my world that have appeared so easily.  On the less than fabulous days I have had to embrace so many new words like gratitude, blessings, gifts, acceptance and letting go, in addition to invoking the true meaning of each of them.   I think one of the greatest challenges is in stopping the momentary tantrum that occurs when life gives us lemons, stopping the mental path of “why me” and begin to focus on embracing all of the amazing and positive blessing that I do have.  In these moments I take a minute to first breathe deeply, then begin running down a list off all of the things I am grateful for.  Some days the list can get pretty comical like, “I am grateful I do not have a weapon with me because someone might get hurt”. But most of the time, I turn my attention to the things that I am truly grateful for such as: my ever changing body and health that allow me to move through the day without giving a second thought to aches, pains or limitations, I am grateful for my husband of 28 years, and my two kids, I am grateful that my family is around and doing well, I am grateful that I am doing what I love and I have a roof over my head and a fridge full of beautiful food and the list can go on and on.

What I like to remind myself is that gratitude is about having a grateful attitude.  And the beauty of an attitude is that it can be shifted at any time.  The next time any of us find ourselves in a place of “poor me”, “I can’t do that”, etc.  take a deep breath and begin to embrace what things you have done or do have.  I am always surprised when I shift my thinking to that of gratitude so many things begin to change for the positive.  I invite you to try it.

Coach Michele John