This year I have been spending time with you more and more. Each morning and evening I think about you and how I can apply you to my day. After six weeks, you are starting to bleed into my daily moments. I am seeing things that I am grateful for, or can learn from in the moment. I don’t wait till my journal to acknowledge you; I am on the spot, in the moment expressing gratitude. So much so I started a two week challenge to spread gratitude through my social media.
And what have I grown to learn so far? How expressing and recognizing gratitude flares up my fear, doubt and worry. When I am grateful I am calm, happy and confident. The exact opposite of what fear would have me feel. I find when I am feeling anxious about an interaction; it can drown out the gratefulness. This anxious feeling, for most of my life, has been my norm. What you see as calm and confident and happy, may often be that veil over me holding my breath, worry over the future, and fearing the unknown. As I am choosing gratefulness over fear, let me tell you fear is not giving up easy! These habits of future-casting and worry have been brought to the surface of my consciousness like never before.
I am up for the challenge. I have experienced the joy from being grateful. I have experienced the calmness from seeing what is in the present and accepting that as it is. My view through fear is being overshadowed by love and thankfulness. As I continue to invite gratefulness into my daily, hourly and moment by moment being, I will kindly acknowledge the fear, and politely tell it to stand aside. I have no need for it anymore.
Would you like to join me in this challenge? Tag anything grateful with #cbbgratitude. I look forward to sharing more with you.