What do you think of when you hear that word?
Ironically, many people think of what they don't have when they think of what they should be grateful for.
Imagine someone repeatedly asked you for things, and you repeatedly followed through, but then they never really truly acknowledged you for or thanked you for the things you gave them. They just kept asking and asking. Would you want to keep doing things for that person? No!
So now put yourself in the universe's shoes - or God - or Source Energy - or even just your life, or whatever you put your faith into. Do you think more things will show up for you if you continue to ignore everything that you already have?
It may seem counter intuitive, but it's actually all about perspective. From scientists to self-help experts like Deepak Chopra, many have discussed the power our attention holds. If we constantly focus our attention on what we don't have, not only does your life begin to revolve around that, but it actually prevents us from seeing everything we have that we can be grateful for.
And did you know? Everything you have in your life right now is because of YOU. You are in fact the creator of your life. You are in charge of this beautiful and messy human experience. Do you acknowledge that everything currently showing up for you is because of your choices? Do you get the pivotal role you play in the movie that is your life?
I invite you to have gratitude for everything in your life, everything you've created, and for you. Be grateful for all the times you had your own back. Be grateful for that time you saved up and got yourself that thing you really wanted - whether it was a new car or a nice shirt. Be grateful for all the times you walked away from bad situations because you knew you deserved better.
Gratitude changes everything. It shifts the focus from what you lack to everything you already have. Gratitude also allows you to acknowledge what you've created in your life. When you acknowledge what you have, you allow more of it to show up.
Can you think of 10 things you're grateful for today? Try it for the next week and see if things shift!
Speaking of gratitude, I'm so grateful for all of you! <3
See you out there,