A Different Perspective on Gratitude
Being Grateful for Both the Pleasant and the Unpleasant
We have all heard about having an attitude of gratitude. What does that mean to you? Does it mean making a list of all great things past and present for which we are grateful? Or possibly, a meaning of only allowing ourselves to have a “glass half-full mindset.” What if we were to collectively look at experiences both pleasant and unpleasant and exercise gratitude for them as well; for the aspects of daily living that come our way like losing a job, a breakup, or a major setback or disappointment?
What if spirit called to us to look at those experiences as ones for which we could be grateful for, as well? Not that we should, just that we could. It’s an invitation, a choice, It’s rising above the ashes like the Phoenix pulling ourselves up from the depths of the ashes and showing us how far we can, will, and do climb and overcome; how strong we are even in the midst of our deepest vulnerabilities.
An Invitation to Take Another Look at Gratitude
It’s an invitation to take on gratitude for all of life’s experiences and take on living fully into life. It’s like a mirror held up for you to see how powerful you truly are in the midst of living a human life. You are capable of super human spiritual strength, provided by divine source. You get to view those trials and tribulations through a prism of superhero, superhuman powerfulness. Without those experiences, how could you know how strong you are?
What if we were to take off our boxing gloves, stop beating ourselves up for mistakes and regrets, instead using that energy light force to bring more awareness, brighter light and higher visions to the planet? What if we fought back against the darkness that tells us we are not good enough because of those experiences, but rather speak that we are higher than those experiential events.
What if they were sacred proving grounds which came toward us for the sole (soul) purpose of showing us we are of strong spirit.
Think about this for a moment; we go through many events during our human course here on earth but we rise above and transcend beyond because we come from spirit, are made of spirit, and exude spirit in all we do because it’s a choice. We choose light over dark. We choose to rise instead of fall. When we choose gratitude for the greatness which was born from unpleasant experiences, we open up an invitation to move through those experiences with more ease and grace. We can take what serves us and leave the rest behind. We can wait with enthusiasm for greater experiences to unfold.
Living Fully into Life: All of It
Gratitude for that which hurt, for the pain, the lesson and the blessing that came with each one; gratitude for what was good – no matter for how brief to show us what is possible, to teach us to look within and see our own limiting beliefs, to say goodbye to them as they don’t serve us or the people we came here to serve in this human journey.
We can take a step back and step out, rise above, break through barriers as we soar in our human moments of weakness. We get to reach out to other beacons of light to uplift us when we are at the bottom of the pit feeling darkness surround us, to extend a beam of light to them when necessary, in order that we may collectively rise again to spread our angelic wings and shed our lights to others.
A New Attitude of Gratitude
We can take on a new attitude of gratitude, seeing through the eyes of that experience what does not work, what does not serve, and the invitation to recreate through this lens.
Gratitude for the pain – for in the pain of human understanding is the discovery of healing and truth. The most valuable lessons are uncovered through these experiences. We can then ask ourselves, what have we become aware of, what did we uncover and more importantly, what is possible for us next time – all the while living fully into this thing called life.
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Acknowledge Your Feelings: Acknowledge Self, Discover Truth
When you begin to acknowledge your feelings, you allow them to move through you more quickly to the other side. You accept your feelings, you accept yourself, you can then move forward to recreate your feelings into inspired action, transforming yourself, and your life.
You begin to discover your personal truth.
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Turning Negative Emotions into Inspired Action
When you take a look at emotions and realize the energy force behind them (fear, anger, jealousy), it offers you an opportunity to take that energy and recreate it into inspired action and positive momentum.
What has this emotion come here to teach me?
In what area of my life do I need to pay attention, give love to?
What is the message behind this emotion that my spirit longs to seek the answer?
What truth does this emotion wish me to uncover so that I can uncover my authentic self?
How can I recreate this emotion and turn it into inspired action?
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Your emotions are a GPS, and each of us has their own intrinsic directional guide. Our emotions are here to point out what works and what doesn’t for our own particular ways of being and life journey.
Sometimes we stuff our feelings down or write them down on paper and then burn them; that’s not recreating or acknowledging them. Anger and fear may be here to prompt us to take action. It’s not wrong to be angry or fearful, as long as we don’t stay angry or fearful – that’s the difference. When we effectively manage our emotions as guideposts and not potholes, we can then begin to transform and transcend from there.
We can ask anger and fear, “What have you come here to teach me?” It’s in the asking that the answers will begin to present themselves.
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On Wanting More
Recently, on a drive, the Holy Spirit gave me a message. I was curious about my desire to always want more – not in the way of materials things, but to be more than I am (always). Having set many goals and accomplishing them all and in the space of “What’s Next” I received a divine message.
“Ann, consider your desire for “wanting more out of life” and consider that it is perfectly fine to want more but not at the expense of seeing what you already have right in front of you as already being more. – as being perfectly divine in this moment and space. What you have, what you are, and who you are being is perfectly fine. You and your life are already whole, complete and fine in this moment, as is.
Constantly thinking about wanting and being more puts you in the energetic vibration of not-enoughness and such is not the case, dear sister. So, go ahead and want more and be more for your future self but don’t forget to include your present self in the mix. Nothing’s missing – only greater and bigger things to come to add to an already-existing greatness.”
There was so much peace in this message. In stepping out of always trying to “get there” the space opened up for “you already are.” What a great platform to springboard from; a place of wholeness, peace, and completion and a pathway to making what already is that much stronger.
This makes room for being okay with where we are at in the moment – this moment, and allowing a freedom of spirit to dream into the future without making the present unworthy. It’s almost like standing in two places at the same time with one foot in the present and another pointing toward the future, but both feet fully planted on the ground.
Now, that’s a trip worth taking.
Today, I met with the most amazing man. It was love at first sight. No, he is not Prince Charming. As a matter of fact, he is an 87-year-old veteran marine who goes by the nickname of “Babe” who pulled my heart strings.
Although Babe’s story is similar in nature of the many who served along with him, there is something intrinsically different about him. He recants how he dated his wife for two years by mail – never having met her until after those two years. He went on to marry her. This doesn’t even begin to cover the special quality he has.
There was a knowing in his eyes that made its way up from the depths of his heart when he spoke. You see, after every sentence laden with details of his war life, his romantic life and his time spent as a 400 + batter on the ball field – were gratitude and humility. Men like him valued the joys of romance and the freedom to play ball because they understood how quickly the “rage of war” could heighten their fears. Rather than choose fear, they embraced all that life could offer that was joyful and pure – like courting his wife or batting that 400th hit.
His story was a blessing in that it provided the real meaning of life. Those qualities of gratitude and humility pierced every sentence shared with me. He commented on how he hopes his generation is the last to fully understand the ravages of war that he saw first-hand and what war and death were all about.
He said the gift within that was that he got to know gratitude and humility on the other side of that destruction. This is how he gained humility and appreciation for all that is, for life, for the art of true love and romance.
To him, these weren’t just words; his life experience was a mix and a balance of humility and an all-encompassing knowing. That knowing that lives deeply embedded in his heart and expressed through his eyes. He expressed with the utmost dignity that even though he had witnessed the raw ravages of war, that he was honestly a lucky man to have come out the other side with gratitude and humility. Imagine that.
He looked me in the eye then and spoke to my spirit, as if he were my own father – he said that gratefulness and staying humble were the secrets to life.
That’s all he said as he finished chatting with me and that was enough for me.
With God as My Parachute, I Release That Which No Longer Serves Me
I Choose Faith