Honoring the Blessings in your life daily is being grateful and having gratitude. I discovered how stay connected and mindful of the blessings in my daily existence when I changed my life and became a sober and healthy woman. Starting a new career and going back to school to become an addiction counselor in my late twenties was difficult. I had switched gears completely and I was starting all over. It was the unknown, which often times is frightening and challenging. I had to begin to change my life; acclimate to studying again, learning and really pushing myself. At times I was unsure if I could or should take on such a challenge in my life, occasionally there was doubt in my decision. Was it the right path? Would I be happy? Would I be capable? I listened to my inner voice that said, “Yes, go for it!” and guided me towards taking action. Through the process of the state examine and long hours of field experience I used gratitude to get me through it. I would find the challenge of the day, journal about it and reflect on how that experience taught me a lesson or process how I felt. I would have faith that each challenge was offering a new learning experience. I acknowledged the challenges and made them a friend. I embraced them and thanked the universe for delivering that experience to me. It kept me grateful and focused because I found the lesson in them eventually. I would reach out to my loved ones that were supporting me and thank them for their encouragement. I wrote letters and emails to mentors thanking them for their help, guidance and encouragement. Switching professions took me on a journey of profound gratitude. I learned that we get to change our lives at any point and time. Staying grateful for the chance to change and to learn new things is what helped me remain connected to a healthy routine, happy, humbled and in awe. Being grateful is a key element in staying grounded, balanced and appreciative of the beauty I have in my life. All the life experiences I endure whether they are negative or positive, teaches me a lesson and that is what helps me grow and evolve and I am certainly grateful for that. I practice gratitude every morning either when I take a run, shower, meditate, or just center myself. I am mindful of my blessings and I say out loud, in my head or write what I am grateful for. It helps set the tone of the day to remember how blessed I am and it mentally, emotionally and spiritually connects me to positivity and love.
Staying aware of the Blessings in your life can keep you connected to the stream of well being that does exist day to day. There are many ways you can get in the habit of reflecting upon what your grateful for in your life, on a daily basis. I have found many ways to begin this routine. For example, writing a gratitude list. Sit down and think about the blessings in your life. What is it that you are grateful for? Your legs to walk and run, your family, the roof over your head, food, water, your heart for pumping blood throughout your body, a sound mind, your lungs for breathing, your sobriety, your friends and other loved ones? Write a list, tape it up to see it daily, or when you wake or when you are about to sleep, go through the three top things that you are grateful for and acknowledge the wonder and love that you have in your life. Other ways to implement gratitude in your life is by communicating and thanking the positive people in your life. You can post a message on Facebook to tell friends or family why you are grateful to have then in your life. Tweet something you are grateful for daily or an inspiration quote that has helped you get through. It may help others and remind you what matters. You can send a message or video to a loved one through Skype or your phone. You can create a vision board in your home or office for your dreams, goals and add to it daily. Keep a gratitude board on Pinterest, and pin something that represents what you are grateful for daily. There are many ways that you can be creative and stay connected to your blessings.
Staying grateful for these things can only keep you focused on what really matters to you and what is truly important. Stay close to the truth through the practice and routine of gratitude so you remember what is important in the times you may feel frustrated, sad, upset or having a bad day. In life we endure tragedies, traumas, loss and other waves of emotions. Through gratitude we can take these uncomfortable experiences and try to see that there is a lesson to learn. Any trying time is simply a life experience that can allow us to grow if we look close enough. Tell yourself when you feel challenged that you will be open to the lessons that life presents and accept in gratitude that this life experience will make you stronger. You will become wiser and evolve.
This daily affirmation of being in gratitude is something that will change your life, the energy you put out to the world will be more positive and you will receive that energy back. We all have many things going on in our lives and sometimes we need to be reminded to stay grateful for the blessings that we have, material and immaterial. By incorporating this daily practice in your life, I believe you will feel more fulfilled, inspired, hopeful and positive. You will be able to stay focused on what is really important to you and appreciate all the beauty and blessings in your life. So enrich your life and start today.