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Living Daily Gratefully
Daily Gratitude is the way
You can try to hold on to your past by viewing pictures or playing old tapes in your head, but there does come a time when you need to let go and let the Universe direct you. You cannot move forward with your face pointed in the backward direction. It is now time to give thanks to all that was and turn around and embrace the now.
What would your life be like if you lived one day at a time just focus on what you are grateful for that day? Your life would change. The differences can range from small changes all the way to bigger ones. Instead of being focus on what was taken away from you in the past, your focus is now just on what you do have just for today. We often lose focus on what is good today, because our mind has been trained to look backwards and forwards. Yes, you have trained you mind. As a child you were in the here and now. Your thoughts were in the present time. You have trained yourself to see differently.
I am not suggesting we do not have goals. Often goals come from ideas we have had in the past. I believe goals are the food that feed our passion. I though believe without a keen focus on gratitude every goal becomes loaded with excuses and/ or overburden with anxiety of not being able to achieve. When we focus on daily gratitude throughout the day, we begin to train our mind to remain in the positive. This action helps us when we do run into obstacles. If you are living, you will have obstacles. No one is entitled to a smooth ride. We are not entitled to anything, in my opinion from the outside world or a Divine Being. I do not know why people assume they are entitled to finding the right mate, secure finances and any other avenue that for them qualifies as a nice life. We do create how we view our life, how we choose to live it, and what we teach ourselves in how to live daily. Our minds can be trained, and if you doubt this, I would suggest you review your life and see the ways you have been trained and if you have changed the training.
Living a day at a time with the focus only on gratitude is an excellent method to train your mind. You might wonder what there is to be grateful for in your life. We all have been there, and often it is extremely hard to see anything worthy. This though is stemming from our concept that we are entitled. When we eliminate this thought, we can become more attune to what we are given. Everyone is experiencing something being given to them, but usually this is minimized and our attention again goes on what we feel we are deprived of in a given day. Here is an example of exactly how this works. There have been times in my life where I was destitute. I had zero money to buy groceries, or if I did, it consisted of peanut butter and bread. As a rule, many days were spent in hunger. Yes, I was working, but my pay was not amble enough to cover my cost of living and a little extra. My focus though was not on having enough food. I made my peanut butter into a joke, and everyone who knew me in the physical or via Internet figured I was a peanut butter junkie. My creation was blessing peanut butter. Did I starve? I did lose a lot of weight, and yes my health took a- nose-dive, yet my mind saw me abundant. It was not unusual for me to be given a meal or food by my neighbor or friends who came into town. I am sure they probably assumed that I did not have a lot of food, but no one ever mentioned it to me. My life circumstances created my living conditions, especially after the death of my husband. It took me awhile to realize I was not entitled to having a mate until my old age. I was not entitled to the white picket fence analogy that I grew up with. I was not entitled to anything. I had to create my own life and if I didn’t others would, which would still be me creating. It took me awhile to learn that I do not wish anyone but me to create my life. When I decided this, and practice a-full- day worth of gratitude, my life began to flow. Yes, there are still obstacles; however I am still able to flow, while I work on goals.
You can train your mind to seek gratitude verses entitlement. You can train your mind to see the good in daily living, instead of focusing on why you are not getting what you think you should. Every day you are given one thing, life. As you awaken know you have been blessed with a new day. Do not see it as another day of gloom and doom, but a day of opportunity. Gratitude will help lift your passion and guide you as you walk your goals.