I spoke to a client the other day, and he was talking about how he was dwelling in negativity. Dwell is an interesting word. I looked it up, and this was one of the definitions:
dwell on — think, speak, or write at length about a particular subject, especially one that is a source of unhappiness, anxiety, or dissatisfaction.
So right now, people are dwelling on the news on the past or the pandemic.
I had this thought what if I Dwell in Gratitude?
So I created my own Gratitude practice, which has helped me see all the beautiful things in my life, the ability to be present with the amazing little moments I share with my family, and looking to the future, and to be excited for what is to come!
My 3 step daily plan!
1.) When I wake up in the morning, before my feet hit the ground, I list 5 things I'm grateful for.
2.) Anytime I start feeling angry, scared, or just frustrated, I make a mental list of things at that moment, I can be grateful for. The sun, the rain, my friends I can call, music, my dog who loves me no matter what!
3.) Before I close my eyes at night, I make sure I smile and give thanks for another day on the right side of the dirt! I think of all the little moments that made me smile, the stranger that said hello, the book I'm reading, the opportunity to learn and grow!
So when I started to focus and be intentional on being grateful and giving thanks my life became more joyful. When I wasn't feeling rushed to get to the next activity or make something happen or feeling like I wasn't doing enough, I could sit with my younger boy for an hour as he made up his own board game and made me play it. I could get up early and exercise because I feel grateful for the morning. I could continue to do things that scare me because I know it will make me stronger.
Dwelling in Gratitude has changed my life, it makes me present with what is, and I'm thankful for this moment, right here, right now, for the people in my life and the journey I'm on, and the faith that better days are ahead for all beings!
Here I've listed my top 10 quotes (in no order) on the theme of Gratitude! I'd love o hear yours!
“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”– Mary Davis
“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.”– Plato
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”– Brene Brown
“I’m grateful always for this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.”– Eckhart Tolle
My energy, every single ounce of it, comes from gratitude. Gary Vee
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens
“…it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”– David Steindl-Rast