Ways to live a grateful life

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Being in pain and dealing with illnesses all the time, I forget that I need to live a grateful life. It has been hard for me to understand what it means to live a grateful life for a while now.  You see, I have been very angry for the last few years and gotten in this rut of being filled with pain, not physical, that I forgot how to live life.  The pain that I have felt daily is more pain of sorrow and hurt than pain of aches.  I forgot that there is a world around me that there are still so many things to be grateful for. So now I need to start over.  Find the things in life to be grateful for and aim to have one thing each day to shine bright and make me smile.  Will you join me on this journey?

Where to start?

Being grateful is one of the easiest but hardest things to do.  It’s so easy to carry on with life and forget that there are miniature to huge things to be grateful for.  But you need to practice it and make a daily commitment to find those things.  Where do you start?  For me its going back to being spiritual. I’m not talking about becoming all religious, but more finding the spiritual side of life.  Finding the peaceful side of life. The birds singing, the talking of a baby, the sound of the wind and everything and anything else that you find relaxing is something to be grateful for. Find your peace with what makes you happy and gratefulness will soon to follow.

Leading a grateful life!

How do to this daily?  Here are a few steps that I am starting to rely on daily.  They are pretty easy and once you start to follow on a daily basis, they will get easier for you

  1. Morning gratitude session. Take 2-3 minutes each morning to give thanks, to whoever or whatever you’re grateful for. …
  2. Say thank you. …
  3. Call to say thanks. …
  4. Give thanks for “negative” things in your life. …
  5. Learn a gratitude prayer.

The first 4 sound the easiest but I think they are the hardest to do.  Do you remember to say thank you every time someone does something nice for you?  Or do we just expect people to do stuff for us, especially if we are handicapped? I don’t want to think that there is ever a time I “deserve” to have things done for me but I know that I have at times acted that way. But dont others deserve to have the same respect done for them, handicapped or not.

Reasons to live a gratitude life!

  1. Because it reminds you of the positive things in your life.  It’s so easy to forget the positive things and focus on the negative thing.  Negative things seem to build and build and then there is no room to remember anything positive. Start to release some of the negative things and there is more room to invite the positive.
  2. Because  bad things do turn into good things.  Believe it or not, this actually does happen.  Here is my example: I become disabled and get very angry.  I take that anger and begin a blog.  If I would have skipped the anger part, I would have had a lot more energy if I wouldn’t have spent it all on being anger.
  3. Reminds you of what is important.  Is all that negative things really that important?  Think about it.  The emotions that we feel that are negative; hate, anger, sadness, loneliness , are all wasted energy.  Spend more energy on the positive things and see what becomes more important.  I’m betting it will be positive that will stand out!
  4. Because it reminds you to thank others.  I touched on this above.  Act how you want to be treated.  Do you want to be treated how you deserve to be treated or how you actually treat others.  Just think about that for a bit.

I want to start to live a more grateful life, one that I deserve to live.  By living this way, I want to be more grateful for all that my family does for me on a daily basis.  I want to be thankful for those who see Im having a bad day and want to help me out. I want to be thankful for another day on this earth, pain and all .

Learn a gratitude prayer!

Here is  a little prayer to leave you with.  Read  it, enjoy it, learn it.

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

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