#24 - Grateful!
I was having a particularly bad day. You know one of those days where you can’t find anything, you’re running late, there are too many drivers who are heading in the same direction, and you feel a head cold coming on. To top it all off, you aren’t really ready for the holidays and can feel sweat running down your back at the thought of facing hordes of shoppers on the only day you can get to the stores with a list of items you know you won’t be able to find!
As I was growing more and more impatient lingering in traffic, and as I looked up at the sunny skies, it dawned on me that ease comes with gratitude. The more grateful I am, the easier my life would be. I’d forgotten that lesson. Completely.
If my expectations aren’t being met and I turn into an angry furry ball of static, I’ll attract more irritation, more stoppages and more catastrophes than I can possibly know what to do with! Misery does love company: The next difficult person is only glad to oblige by showing up.
So, on that sunny day, I got off at the next stop on the road to Pity City and started to count my blessings. I used three elements from a book called Being First.
- Knowing: I listed all the things I know now that I didn’t know last year as I was reaching the end of December: The amazing new people I met, the many new things I had learned. Also, what I knew about myself that would make me even stronger in the coming year.
- Being: I listed all the ways I was being that were more congruent with my values and intentions. I took a moment to be grateful for just being alive!
After this gratitude exercise, I felt tremendous relief. Funny enough, traffic began to clear.
- Doing: I started to compile the long list of accomplishments, small and big I could be proud of. I took a bow and recognized my efforts and those of my team, colleagues and clients.
So have a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year. May your Holiday season be filled to the brim with unabashed gratitude.
Peace and blessings,
PS: I hope you have enjoyed these past 24 tips this year. I look forward to continuing them in 2015. So look out for my New Year’s tip on Tuesday, January 6th! Wishing you all the best in 2015.