What does gratitude have to do with your health? Let's take a closer look at that. And hopefully it will help you to find a happier, healthier you.
It's a funny thing about being in your forties...things start to shift. You become more grateful for all the lessons you learned along the way. Life feels different. And time becomes super precious. You start considering who you share your time with and what makes you the happiest.
In a city where I'm surrounded by twenty-somethings it's funny for me to watch. It's a lesson in gratitude each day and it reminds me to be thankful for where I am. Last night I giggled as I passed a gang of drunk Steven's students wolfing down slices of pizza on the corner. A stand up slice/dinner to soak up all the alcohol...I remember those days. And I'm so glad they're over.
Recently I've been feeling extremely grateful (not just to be done with one of the coldest NYC winters-AMEN) but grateful overall about who I am, my family, my work and what I do eachday for myself and my community. Each day I'm excited to wake up and live.
Looking back on my life, I can honestly say there have been times when was just going through the motions, existing, not fully living. Working in jobs that left me unfulfilled, cranky and depleted. It took me awhile to figure out what I needed to do to crawl out of that black hole and better myself and my situation.
My niece Maureen benefited from those long tiring days in the classroom because planning out her monthly college care package became a whole vision on to it's own! A joyful box of fun that always made me smile. I love putting things together...I guess that still shows up today in all that I enjoy doing. Cooking, creating, writing and organizing meals and new recipes.
This shift to a more grateful place has been a small step process. In sharing my story to a healthier lifestyle, learning from mentors and trying new things has helped me heal. Not overnight, but a gradual shift into a happier, healthier place. Feeling extremely grateful for having had all the experiences in my life.
Today I can even appreciate the tougher days. Times caring for and grieving my parents' illness and passing, moving to a new place, on my own, not knowing what I'd do next, going back to school, strengthing my mind and body. Ultimately moving forward in my life and having faith that all will be well. Trusting and grateful.
So today, wherever you are in your journey, I wish you peace and comfort. Find small ways to be grateful for what you have today and push yourself forward to a better tomorrow.
Gratitude 101: Simple ways to find more gratitude:
Look all around you, find simple joy, help others, write a journal, slow down, get still and listen to your heart :) It will always guide you in the right direction.