Everyday Lifestyle, Poetry

Gratitude In Action

When was the last time you asked yourself a question, regarding your life, that you gave an honest answer to? All too often we get caught up in things we have to do, we should do, we can’t do or we want to do, but are stuck in a rut. Even if it’s only once in a while, we should all stop and ask ourselves … What am I grateful for?

I’m new to fact-checking my inner voice that, more-often-than-not, is an overly self-critical spokesperson. I think most of us at one time or another have got caught up in unhealthy comparisons or being too focused on negatives.

Finding what you’re grateful for shouldn’t be an exercise in ego (a disheartening aspect in many gratitude articles I’ve read in the past) but should be about nurturing a focus on positive momentum. What helped me create my gratitude list (which I found hard this time because, well – life) was knowing when I really needed to do it.

Poem by Molly from Transatlantic Notes called ’Gratitude’: “Gratitude, in its simplest form, is the conscious removal of ego so that you don't just count your blessings; you share them."

For me, when my inner voice becomes more negative than normal, that’s the perfect time to give myself space to count my blessings but, more importantly, uncover what I need to do to move forward or get out of a negative loop. This becomes gratitude in action because you get to share what you learn along the way with others.

Being self-evaluative is healthy but it needs to be constructive – get into the habit of fact-checking your inner voice by exercising your gratitude.

Thanks for reading.

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