I walked past a couple people recently and overheard a comment that went something like this: “There’s got to be more to life than getting old and dying.”
The comments that followed had to do with aches, pains, and total depletion of joy.
At that moment, I was overwhelmed with gratitude…and heartbreak. Gratitude that life, even in its darkest moments, is so worth living because of so much good.
Heartbreak that not everyone can tap into that place. Ever.
Where are you today? Is there even one thing you are grateful for that makes life worth living?
I challenge you to find that “something.” Last week, I challenged you to make a commitment. Commit to feeling gratitude more often.
Here’s the deal. When we are grateful, lots of other crummy emotions and attitudes get out of the way—anger, sadness, impatience, anxiety, fear, and so on.
Try it. Right now—go ahead. Maybe you are having a day where NOTHING is going right. Or your boss is making you crazy. See what happens when you turn on the gratitude button.
You are breathing. You are YOU. You have a computer or cool phone, or you couldn’t read this. You can see. You are loved.
There, feel better? Even just a little? Our mind is the most powerful force that we can control. Use it in the best way possible.
Here’s another tip: Find the things that really light you up and that make your heart sing. Do those things. AND be grateful.
When you figure out the path in life that is right for you, you’ll love soaking every minute out of everyday. I believe that this is a great recipe for improving your health. It is a foundational piece of the puzzle.
Since I love to write, I’m grateful that you’re reading this.
If you could use some help finding clarity around how to get your gratitude game on with more consistency, send me an email and we’ll set up a time to work on it together. (My treat, because this is something else that I love to do.) There IS more to life than getting old and dying.
“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” —Naomi Williams