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Showing posts with label positive thinking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label positive thinking. Show all posts

Saturday, September 5, 2020

The Art of Gratitude

To be grateful means to be thankful, to appreciate. 

I know that during these times it may be more difficult to feel gratitude but in order to make our lives make sense in a more positive way we must use our thoughts and feelings to see what we have to be grateful for......what we appreciate about our lives ........about ourselves. 

Practicing gratitude is the highest form of positive thinking there is. By finding the things in our lives to be grateful for.......by appreciating the good things we begin to see life in a way that brings us the peace and joy we do want for ourselves.

When we are at our lowest point it is because we are looking for and finding things that are not going well.......we tune into the negative and soon that is all we are looking at and talking about. How can we possibly feel good when we are pointing out to ourselves what is wrong......what is an obstacle.......what makes us unhappy.

In order to feel that our life has purpose........in order to feel good about the moments we are living ......we must make sure that we are using our thoughts to find the good within us and around us. It is certainly there we just need to tap into it.......to shine a light on it........to make sure that we find the positive about everything we can.

Use your personal space.......whatever that might mean to you.......this space is a place for you to really sit and appreciate things in your life.......things about yourself. Do not bring anything or anyone else's energy into your space.......this is very important......if you are in fact appreciating things........ make them things that are about you ........what you have......what you have accomplished. When you start doing this your life begins to show you what you have done......how far you have come.......that you as a person are valuable to so many.

If you just sit and make a list of things you are grateful for.......things you appreciate you will find that once you start the list get longer and longer. Once you have written them down you can read them and add to them daily. Reaffirming and adding are great tools to keep the positive things in your life real and important.

Here are some examples of how you can design a list things to be grateful for. Remember this is your creation.......you are the artist of the picture you create with everything you are grateful for.

Start with the very simple because there are so many of these. Once you start to recognize how many smaller.....simpler things there are it is easy to notice the bigger things later.

  • I am grateful for this space that is my very own.
  • I am grateful I woke up this morning.
  • I am grateful for the sunshine.


  • I appreciate my personality.
  • I appreciate my hobby.
  • I appreciate my friendships.


Gratitude is the foundation of joy. It is the springboard of feeling good. When you truly see how much you do have to be grateful for no matter your circumstances you change the direction of your thoughts which then really does change the direction your journey and where it takes you.

Everyone has different lives and different issues but there is one thing that is certain there is always something to be grateful for.

Many Blessings to All

Sue


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Using a Different Frame of Mind for the New Year

Happy 2020!

I would challenge you to start the New Year in a whole different frame of mind. Instead of looking at what you perceive as your faults.......your imperfections which you feel need an overhaul......try beginning the new year a whole new way.

First of all why would we want to start a new year finding fault with ourselves? Why would we look for all the negative things we think there are about who we are and try to fix them when there are so many wonderful qualities about ourselves we should enhance?

I will tell you now that there are more positives about you than you give yourself credit for. There are many more things going right for you than are not. Life is a beautiful thing when we are present in the moment finding all the things that are right about ourselves and what is going on all around us.

So instead of making a list of resolutions in which you think you need improvement I would challenge you to make a list of all of the things in the past year that worked out for you. 

I would challenge you to add to this list all of the things that are right about you.....all of the things that are so different than anyone else that should be celebrated.

If we are to change anything let it be that we have more appreciation for the good things in our lives. 

If we are to be a happier world let us see the good everywhere.

If we are to change our lives for the better let us love ourselves for who we are for each of us is unique and one of a kind.

If we are to know peace and joy we must be happy with all that we are and not try to fit in with anyone else's idea of who we should be........of anyone else's idea of how we should act.......of anyone else's idea of where we should be at this point in our lives.

Ask yourself this: Am I making resolutions because that is what is expected of me not what makes me happy?

Here is what you can list to start this New Year: 

  • What you love about yourself.
  • All that you have.
  • Everything you have accomplished.
  • How much you have grown as a person.
  • All of the knowledge and experience you have gathered.
  • Every positive relationship you have.

You can add anything else you feel has blessed your life this past year. Make your list to fit who you are because no one is going to have one like yours..... we are all so different.

There is no wrong way to make your list so have at it and start your year with the joy of who you are.....celebrate what you have accomplished so far.......appreciate all that you have......love your life and live it to the fullest.

Many Blessings to All
Sue