I remember many moons ago in 1996 watching Oprah interview Sarah Ban Breathnach soon after Simple Abundance was published. Listening to Sarah speak about Gratitude was exactly what I needed at the time.
Not that I was ungrateful, just feeling frustratingly directionless caused me to see more walls than windows. Any tools I had seemed too dull to make holes.
Sarah suggested keeping a gratitude journal would bring awareness to what we already had and I was game to try.
Good days were easy while the ho-hum and bad ones were definitely a struggle. Committed daily to find at least three things to be grateful for, there were times I fell back on her suggestions for moments like these – I woke up, I’m breathing, I ate.
Being grateful delivered on the promise of expanded awareness and the ability to appreciate the little things, the not so obvious things, as well as the much bigger world things.
While the journal stopped long ago, when times are particularly stressful I bring gratitude up front and centre to shift the situation at hand.
But the shifts don’t stop there.
Imagine knowing you’ll be grateful before anything happens. Because you already are.
Gratitude faced forward becomes a force of creation, something to use rather than just have.
The mind’s focus transforms from ‘what’ and ‘how’ onto ‘will’. Expectations and control give way to allowing and flow.
Questioning “how to get through this” turns into knowing “I will get through this to see the sun rise another day.”
Expectations of the way things should be morph into seeing what appeared.
Gratitude accesses the powers of the inner true you in ways the mind never can.
Knowing now how you will feel then changes the course of who you can be and what you will tap into.
People keep asking how I can be in good spirits as we finally entered our house after the flood.
The answer is simply I’m grateful, for knowing everything will be okay, one way or the other.
Who I need to be I will, even if I haven’t before. Who I need for help show up too.
Seeing through the lens of gratitude allows me to know magic will appear.
And it has.
I opened the door for gratitude to fill the room and the room becomes more full every day.
Living Bliss is a jump-in-with-both-feet look at where Life bumps into the everyday – whether at work, play or times in between. Bliss knows no separation in the end. From a deeper dive into the ordinary pops forward the extraordinary life we search for – and has been there waiting for us to be.
Not quite a crazy cat lady – yet? – Lorraine’s insatiable curiosity of life leads her to explore, question and push beyond the box. A self-professed “left-brained creative big picture idea” type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing possibility everywhere and in everyone, and is a moth-to-flame for being part of turning possibility into reality. More of Lorraine’s musings can be found on her blog.