Joyful people pratice gratefulness

Joyful people practice gratefulness

I don’t usually watch TV but I love Oprah Super Soul Sunday, she had on a guest Dr.Brene Brown and she had wrote a book she researched about gratefulness. It said that the most joyful people practice gratefulness, wow Oprah light bulb moment!

I know this to be true, I have found joy and peace in my life that I have never had before and the one thing about having it is that I am so very grateful.There is not a day that goes by that I don’t give thanks and I don’t give the credit to God. At times I am so very grateful, it will bring me to tears, it overcomes me, I can’t say it enough times.

Yes, I was in a dark place for many years and even there I tried looked for something to be grateful for. You need to go through the day looking for things to be grateful for.

Be grateful for the small moments, having dinner with your kids, a warm breeze, the sunrise, a kind word from someone, start small if you feel you can’t be grateful for everything.

Gratitude is a practice, be grateful for the ordinary moments. Be present in them, enjoy every second, don’t ask when will the other shoe drop, just feel blessed at that moment.

These are a few of Dr Brown’s quotes from her book about gratitude:
To be a whole hearted person that is cultivating authenticity:

*Letting go of what people think.

I no longer care what people say, I wore a mask for too many years, I am happy with me, God is happy with me, thats all that matters.

Cultivating self compassion:

*Letting go of perfectionism.

I tried for years to be perfect and it literally almost killed me, there is no such thing as perfectionism, your human, you have flaws, its okay.

Cultivating a resilient spirit:

*Letting go of powerlessness.

Yes, you will fall down, get back up, its okay I write about my failures each and every day, yet I still keep going with a positive attitude.

*Cultivating gratitude and joy:
Letting go of scarcity and fear.

This was a big one for me, fear ruled my life, I didn’t like change, I stayed 20 years in a horrible situation because of fear. When you give it over to God, to the universe, to who ever you believe in and trust, it is then you can find peace and joy in your life.

You can’t find joy when your beating it to the finish line by saying “Oh when is the next shoe going to drop? This is too good, something bad will happen” No… live in this moment, let go of fear, have faith! Live life large!

So today my friends, practice gratefulness, start when you wake up, say thank you for waking me up, thank you I can walk to the bathroom, thank you I have a home and hot water, start small, practice every day and before long you will be grateful for everything you have, every moment in your life.

“Be the change you want to see”

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

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