I'm grateful for a night to get back in touch with myself. I'm grateful to know authenticity is not perfection nor imperfection. I'm grateful to have seen illusions fall around me last night as I contemplated the story I have been creating. I am love. I may have anger, frustration, fear, insecurity, pain, craziness, overexcitement or the hum drums as I shift through the ever changing present but at the core I am still love. At the core I am still my own perfection. And it doesn't matter who sees me in these moments because they have those moments too. I am human. My authenticity means owning that human roller coaster while not being attached to any of it. It is my ride. I create it's ups and downs, twists and turns as I choose my reality but my authenticity is to not let my car get tangled in that track, in that story. My authenticity allows me to be who I am in each moment and know that it is ok, both the "good" and the "bad" aspects, the light and the dark, they are all constantly shifting and changing as long as I am in the flow. But when I grab on to one aspect, try to hold it or try to resist it I am then caught in it. And even that is a story. The truth is I am always where I choose to be and I always have infinite choices. I choose happiness. I choose to not be the gratitude coach that is perfectly in gratitude but rather the gratitude mentor AND student who is always PRACTICING living in gratitude; living in that authenticity and FEELING gratitude. Because gratitude doesn't work if you don't mean it. It doesn't work if you don't FEEL it in your heart. Only you can choose to do that. I can give you tips, give you processes and practices but in the end it is only YOU that can choose gratitude. It is only YOU that can shift your life. I have no special power to give you. I only have the infinite power of myself to do my best to model it. I need reminders sometimes. I choose the darkness sometimes. But in the end, I fill myself up. We gain from our interactions from others. We gain love and insights. Yet only you can fill yourself up. No matter how much someone else loves you, they cannot fill you. But they can model it for you by how it looks for them. For me, it is gratitude and meditation. For me, it is falling in love with each day. For me, it is play and laughter. I'm grateful for a night of filling up. I'm grateful for those who shared this space with me and modeled different aspects of that for me. I'm grateful to have been open to the lessons and I'm grateful for recognizing authenticity as outside the shoebox I had put it in before. What is your authenticity? What brings you joy? How do you fill yourself up? Thank you for joining me today. Thank you for these moments we share. May your holiday weekend be blessed with the story you choose. May you know your own power in creating your life. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.