Expressing your gratitude
Updated: Sep 19, 2022
What if tomorrow you woke up with only the things you were grateful for today? 😬
It might shock you if you kept a tally of how many times you complained or had a negative or judgmental thought versus how many times you complimented or praised yourself or practiced gratitude. Actually, I dare you to do it. Just do it for one day. On a piece of paper - one side is the good/praise/gratitude and the other is the negative/complaint/judgment side. Draw a tally line every time you do it. At the end of the day - reflect on it.
That quote hits hard sometimes for me. Since my first back surgery over 20 years ago, I was stuck in such a negative mindset. I always wondered what I did to deserve all of the pain I was experiencing, why did a 20-year-old have to have back surgery because her spine was degenerating like an 80-year-old spine?! I thought life sucked, I carried around a ton of anger and bitterness. Eventually, my outlook on life changed. I finally became accountable for my actions and accepted the responsibility that my life was the way it was because of the decisions I was making. Honestly, though, I had nowhere to go but up. I was at the bottom and my neurosurgeon told me if I kept going the way I was and how I was treating my body, I'd be having another back surgery within 3 to 5 years. Do you want to know what one of the smallest, most simple things I did that changed everything?
I created a very simple routine each day. Now when I say it's simple, it is. However, it's not easy. The only thing easy about it is that it's easy to not do.
💜 Before even stepping foot out of bed, I start my day with 2-5 minutes of writing or saying out loud what I'm grateful for at that moment.
💜 Before I go to sleep, I do pretty much the same thing.
You might be wondering, if it's so simple, how it is so life-changing?
👉 It allows you to be thankful for what you do have rather than focus on what you don't have
👉 You become aware of the simple and small things in life
👉 Your mindset will shift - it's really hard (near impossible) to be grateful and complain at the same time
👉 You show up more present in life rather than constantly looking at the past or future
👉 You will feel better, mentally and physically
Do you have 4-10 minutes a day to change your life? Let's start now, share something you're grateful for - tag me on IG ( @susie_bower_ ) I'd love to see what you come up with!