It’s easy to get stressed out this time of year with all the busy-ness of the holiday season.
Next time you feel a moment of panic, anger, annoyance, overwhelm, [insert negative emotion], see if you can stop for a moment and see what is going right in the situation…because something is always going right.
Then recognize that thing going right and give it a quick mental nod, a thank you. For example, at least you’ve got a car to drive your kids to all the holiday events and your kids are healthy. Or at least you’ve got a job that is giving you good experience even if it does keep you extra busy this time of year.
I bet your mood shifts…if even just slightly and you feel a little better.
The most beautiful thing about gratitude is that it provides perspective. When we are feeling grateful it’s really hard to feel sorry for ourselves.
I recently saw someone post that the things we take for granted are the same things other people pray for.
I read that as I was feeling annoyed about the price of holiday flights. That really was a lightbulb moment for me and helped me shift back into reality – my annoyance of the price of holiday flights switched to the fact that I can easily book my flight from my laptop, in my cozy apartment, in a place I’ve always wanted to live. In the grand scheme of things a lot of things were going right for me in that moment and my minor annoyance was really not all that big of a deal.
As we gear up for the holidays, see if you can start looking for the rightness in situations and give it a quick mental nod of gratitude. The funny thing about gratitude is the more you recognize what you have, the more you are ‘given’ to be grateful for.
This week, in honor of Thanksgiving (for the US peeps), I challenge you to recognize three things that you are grateful for each day.
I’ll go first:
- You, my dear blog readers! You inspire me to continue writing and get my message out in the world.
- My family and friends – a lot of whom I will be celebrating the holidays with!
- My clients – who inspire me every day with their bravery and commitment to show up to their life in new ways and make the changes that are so important to them.
- Bonus: pumpkin flavored everything! (because being grateful can be for both the big and seemingly small stuff).
Now it’s your turn, I’d love to hear what you are grateful for. Leave a comment below with what you are most grateful for at the moment.
In gratitude <3