I can’t believe this is my first post for the month of July! Life has kept me busy with all of its changes. I am still adjusting to everything, but feeling extremely happy and grateful for the direction it seems to be taking. This is my first week as a part-time employee. I am enjoying the freedom it has given me. I have been spending personal time reflecting on this life. It seems like I have gotten news of deaths of acquaintances and friends of friends. While only slightly affecting knowing that their loved ones are missing them, I have been thinking about how I can live my life more fully. I have been exploring personal spiritually (not gotten too far with it), but I am trying to use it to find more peace in my life. I have get to face the reduction in our household budget (that will take place in August). While I am nervous about it, I have not let it consume me as I definitely could let it.
July has been great and I hope it continues to be peaceful. Wishing you peace as well!
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.
Short post tonight. I have been thinking quite a lot about my purpose in life as it relates to how I actually live my life. I complain often about the things I do not like, many of which are out of my control. I think its time for me to focus more on improving myself and my habits before I can expect member of my family or others to change. More on this later; stay tuned.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I asked myself many times over, “What am I doing to actually live my gratitude?” How do I live a life of gratitude in response to the countless miracles that I witness each day in my life? How can I live a life that gives thanks in every action I d?. When I am discontent with moments in my life, is that a reflection of lack of gratitude? How to do balance wanting to be better with being content. Life has been extremely good to me and I am content about the many of the areas that matter most in life. I have a loving husband, two beautiful children and income to support the necessities of life. I should be happy with all I have, yet a life without goals of improving ones condition seems stagnant.
A year ago, I read a study regarding the correlation between happiness and gratitude. The study showed that those who express gratitude are up to 25% happier than those who focused on the negative in their lives. The fact is that for the most part, I am happy. Maybe not a happy person, but overall I have a great life and I know I am blessed many times over. What I found more interesting, however was that many studies have found that grateful people are just better people. Forget being just being happier for a minute. It seems that gratitude can help you sleep better, be healthy, have more friends and more energy! While I do believe expressing gratitude is important, simply listing the things I am thankful for seems to be only a small piece of a mindset of appreciation. How does one really show gratitude and be a grateful person?