As I become more acquainted with WordPress, my routine every day is to read pieces from the bloggers I follow. I started my blog to write on a daily basis. It did not dawn on me that I would wake up equally excited to read! Thank you all for inspiring me!
In Dr. Perry’s essay, he shares how some of his patients feel that finding gratitude in life is cliché.
When I read that, I immediately wondered what happened to these patients to cause them to question something so healing and life saving. But then I remembered how I once felt I had nothing to feel grateful for. Today, I know what practicing gratitude has done for me; I pray that doubters can find their way to living a life filled with gratitude.
Gratitude is an internal action for me. It is the conversation between my heart and soul.
Alcoholics Anonymous, a program of recovery from addiction, is where I learned to practice gratitude. When I find myself experiencing negative self talk and self-pity, I dig out the gratitude. I am a mother with clinical depression and anxiety, chronic physical problems, and a survivor of sexual abuse. I also have 3 sons with clinical anxiety, 2 of whom have Autism. I am also a recovering alcoholic. This program of recovery is a design for living. It taught me how “to gratitude” on a daily basis. For the first 6 months or so, I found daily gratitude in making it to bedtime without picking up (a drink). That is how my gratitude practice started: from a tiny seed that spoke volumes to me. Sometimes I have to work at finding gratitude. Other times, it is as natural as breathing. On most days, I find myself finding gratitude in at least one thing.
Replacing negative conversations in my head, with gratitude conversations between my heart and soul, turned my life around in ways I never imagined possible.
Thank you, Dr. Perry, for reminding me that Gratitude is far from cliché. I am grateful I came across your post from last April! It has started my day on a beautiful note.
I would like to begin a blogging practice called “Inspiration Insights.” What blog post resonated with you today and how did it bring you to a place of gratitude? Once you find one, I invite you to share your reflections. Let’s spread Gratitude as an action. If you participate , please ping your piece in the comments section. Refer to the post that resonated with you in your submittal and hashtag it: #InspirationInsights
Peace to all….