An Attitude of Gratitude
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie
November is the month that we turn our focus to gratitude. We are giving thanks for the abundance in our lives. And for most of us, we are incredibly blessed and abundant. But do you show gratitude for only the good things? Or do you also show gratitude for the problems, the issues, the obstacles in your way?
When I was at my darkest times a few years back, a friend of mine gave me a wonderful book called Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. In her book, Melody outlines that one simple process can get us through our most difficult times. It’s called gratitude. She encourages her readers to say thank you for the problems and feelings that they are having. To say thank you for the way things are in the exact moment. To acknowledge that maybe you don’t like your situation or current experience, but to say thank you anyway.
I will be honest, I didn’t look at the world this way. I said “thank you” for the good things and said “why me?” for the difficult or challenging things. At that point in my life, I didn’t have much to lose so I decided to try the gratitude practice that Melody outlined in her book. I bought a jar and wrote “THANKS” on it. I started dropping a little note of gratitude in the jar every day. And after a while, my jar started to fill up. And as my jar runneth over, my perspective started to shift. I came to see how abundant and blessed I truly was by the events and circumstances (and sometimes people) that were my biggest challenges in life because they were my greatest teachers and helped me to grow in ways that I never could imagine. Those experiences in my life brought me to the place where I was supposed to be and made me who I am today.
When I first opened kOMpose Yoga, I placed a gratitude jar in the lobby. It was my way of bringing gratitude into the space. I encourage you to drop a little note about something that you are grateful for into the jar. It doesn’t matter if it is big or small. It is about taking a moment to show gratitude for something in your life. And then pause and observe how it makes you feel to practice gratitude. Did you notice a shift in your perspective?
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of you. I am so grateful for your trust and the opportunity to be part of your journey. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
In Light and Love,