A Need for Gratitude

By CreativeWings, 22 May, 2011

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melodie Beattie

Life holds so many opportunities to be grateful.
It’s a constant challenge to remain aware of all of the good that surrounds us.
It is so easy (especially on a cold rainy Monday when you are running late for work and forgot your umbrella) to grumble and groan about how hard your life is and how nothing ever works out the way you want.
I speak from experience–I do it too.
I get caught up in my own life and I forget that for every “bad” thing that happens, there are a million wonderful things that also happened.
Sometimes it takes a cataclysmic event to make you take stock and begin to look for those moments to be grateful.
However, how much better would your life be if you began to exercise those gratitude muscles now?
Don’t wait for the day when things start to fall apart around you to realize how blessed you are, and how much you have to be grateful for.
Begin today, right now. Name one thing that you are grateful for. Actually say it out loud so you can hear it.
Now keep going until you can’t think of anything else.
That’s great, but if you really want to get good at this, you have to keep it up. (Ok, you don’t have to say it out loud each time) Keep a running gratitude list in your head throughout the day.
How are you feeling, grateful?

What’s so special about you?

By CreativeWings, 11 April, 2011

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning. –Barbara de Angelis

What IS so special about you?

Do you know?

Have you ever taken the time to make a list?
How about taking the time to do it right now. – Really, how about it?
If you’re having trouble getting started, ask some of the people closest to you. Just send them a text or email and ask them to list the qualities that they think make you special. (If they ask why, just tell them you’re doing a little research for a project you’re working on.)

While you’re waiting on their response, begin your own list.
What is it that makes you special? Now, I know many of you out there are saying, “I just can’t think of anything”, but just start with one thing. Do you make better pancakes than anyone you know? Can you whistle, snap your fingers or fly a kite better than anyone else? How about this, do you have more freckles than anyone you know? Is your sense of direction superior, or really lousy? Are you able to talk to anyone about anything? Do you remember everyone’s name even when you’ve only met for a second?

Have you gotten a response from the people you asked for input from? Add those to you list.
Now take the time to read your list, and insert each of the things you wrote into this sentence “I am special because_______.”

How are you feeling? I hope your answer was “special”.

We are all made up of unique qualities that make us each one of a kind, and that alone makes us very special.

Take a few moments today to celebrate the special you-ness of you!