An Attitude of Gratitude

There are moments, little moments that pass us by as daily reminders of what we have in this world. No matter what your situation, it’s important to breathe, to take a minute and appreciate how as a person of this Earth you are affected by and are impacting everything around you. These moments are hard to see some days…. Some days you can’t see past the tip of your nose and shut out the good, only seeing your troubles and woes in front of you. And those worries will always be right up front, we have to teach ourselves to look past this and see the greater picture.

I’ll admit, my anxiety and stress are not well managed some days and it’s a goal I’ve been working on daily. Especially adjusting my health and lifestyle medically! It means really focusing on the task at hand, and being able to tell the difference between the little problems and the actual significance of what I’m doing. It’s hard work, when every day is a routine task of caring for other beings- be it plants, animals, these living creatures need me to survive and it stresses me the heck out! Even as I write this all I can think of is how its going to be below freezing today and I just want to make sure my furry pals have a nice warm spot to hang out in and that their water doesn’t freeze. Why? Because even if I’m raising some of these animals just to eat and serve their purpose for mankind, it doesn’t mean I don’t CARE about them. Getting to enjoy their bounty is the simple reward that we will receive and remembering to appreciate that brings a calmness over me that outweighs the struggles when days are tough and pressure runs high.

?! Why am I writing of this now?! Well, we’ve had a particularly challenging couple of weeks since the holidays. We lost our sweet Dinger the goat, have had multiple family visits (myself included) to the ER, have had brand new expensive appliances fail us, been dealing with -6′ temps that tend to break waterers, freeze pumps,  and challenge our will to go on… etc etc. BUT the more important side of things is the fact that we have so much more going for us this year. Opportunities in business, life, health, and room for growth! And so, we constantly aspire to be bigger than our faults and woes.

What can we do to ‘stay humble and kind’ in times like these, as the hunky Tim McGraw suggests?

{Stop what you are doing. Be mindful.}

Take a few deep breaths and remember that we are only here for a short time and not to let these moments of appreciation pass you by.

*Help a neighbor, a stranger, a friend.

*Be present, UNPLUGGED, and smile.

*Live in the moment.

*Tell yourself its okay if the chores didn’t get done and the house is a mess because you were entertaining guests or simply have too much on your plate.

This doesn’t just go for yourself, but treat your relationships with gratitude as well. It’s easy to fall into routine after months or years of being with your partner, family, and best friends, sometimes clouding our judgement of the people that are there to be our support system. In life and love we need to always appreciate each other, and make gestures to show that. Be there and show support no matter what the circumstance. When conflicts arise know that they are just that, approach with confidence in each other and make time for each other to work through things and to be thankful for what you have. I’m ever so grateful to have found numerous family, friends, and an incredible better half who do this for me daily and can only hope to be just as good in return.

Also:  Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead, compliment.

We are in the midst of a time and age where social media forces us to see the perfection of everyone else’s lives. This is incredibly inaccurate- everyone endures hardship just not everyone shows it. To compare your life to someone else’s successes or failures is for sure the most inaccurate and inefficient way to develop a wholesome life. Be real with yourself.

There are no “rules” when it comes to how to live, but I’m convinced that doing these few little things every day will vastly improve your overall attitude and approach to each morning, and hope to employ them more often in my own daily meditations.

Side note: if you ever need a kick-in-the-butt/reminder I highly suggest both the readings “Unf*uck Yourself” by Gary John Bishop, and “The Book Of Joy” by Desmond Tutu and the 14th Dalai Lama.

Hopefully you can find your own ways to maintain balance and happiness in daily life! <3

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