This week has been a tough one emotionally as I see several people I love suffering. Combined with lack of sleep and some physical aches and pains I can feel myself sliding down. This awareness is key for me to reroute my thinking and lift myself back up.
Today I am giving myself a gratitude challenge. Each hour today I will come up with at least three things I am grateful for and I will communicate my gratitude for the people I see today. I will bring a positive focus to my life and spread positivity and love to those around me to the best of my ability.
I am not going to transcribe my day through my blog so to kick off this challenge I will find fifteen things right now that inspire my gratitude. Why fifteen? Because it was the first number higher than ten that popped in my head.
If you struggle with depression or if you are just going through some tough times, I encourage you to try building a gratitude practice. I have a free e-book on my website (www.reyofgratitude.com and scroll to the bottom of the home page) if you want tips. The choice is up to you but know that you are loved and you deserve to find happiness.
I'm grateful for the comfort and strength I have found in gratitude. I'm grateful for the soul-searching trip that led me to gratitude. I'm grateful to allow myself to be open and honest about challenges I go through in hopes it helps others who may be struggling in silence. I'm grateful to know I am not alone and I am very loved. I'm grateful for my family; a dream come true for me. I'm grateful to be in tune with my body both physically and emotionally. I'm grateful for the soft songs of the birds outside my window. I'm grateful my daughter fell back to sleep and did not get up at five this morning. I'm grateful for the seemingly restful night I had even if I am still tired. I'm grateful to know today will be a little more relaxed than yesterday. I'm grateful to have taken the time to lie in bed and focus on breathing this morning. I'm grateful for my big heart and the way being an empath helps me understand the people I love. I'm grateful to know that given time and support, broken hearts do heal. I'm grateful, in some ways, to have another pedestal- another "disney ideal"- crumble away so that I can remember that life doesn't have to be perfect to find beauty and gratitude. I'm grateful to just sit here in the dark, listening to the quiet house as my family sleeps. And I'm grateful for the sky beginning to lighten as the sun begins to creep above the horizon.
What are you grateful for today? How will you choose to spend your day?
May today remind us that the bumps are part of life and beauty is always nearby. May we find the strength to use the tools we have to spread positive energy through our lives and this world. Have a beautiful day!