Posts tagged ‘Personal Challenge’

A Need for Gratitude

By CreativeWings, 22 May, 2011, No Comment

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?

Choose Love

By CreativeWings, 24 October, 2010, No Comment

I have a dry erase board on my fridge that says in bold letters, “Choose Love”. I wrote it as a note to myself so long ago that it is now permanently part of the board.

I have been thinking about what this really means.

For me, it means simply that when you have an option on how you respond to a given situation, choose love.

So often we choose to be harried, or angry or curt or unconnected. It really is all about how you choose to live your life each day.

I am guilty of this. I get busy and involved in my own life and I forget that each day in each encounter that I have with another being, I can choose to connect, listen, respond and love. I have the opportunity to choose. I can make a difference each day.

Idealistic?

Maybe, but on the days that I actually take my own advice, and I make the effort to keep this simple phrase in mind, my days are better, in all ways.

Choose Love.

What does this mean to you?
How can you make this choice in your own life?