We all know the power of gratitude and positivity on our state of mind and over the years I have written many blogs about these amazing tools. I am always grateful of a reminder to practice both gratitude and positivity, as I can slip into unhelpful habits! The timely reminder came from my friend Shadi, during the course I am taking with her. What I love about this reminder is it simple and practical with a powerful truth and meaning.
As I understand it, and believe is true - Gratitude leads to Optimism which leads to better choices with leads to better results (good things happen) which takes us back around to gratitude. An upward spiral! And the converse is true too - Being ungrateful leads us to be pessimism, which leads to bad choices which lead to bad results which brings us back around to pessimism. A downward spiral!
This for me draws that link between gratitude and optimism and how they work together so beautifully. It is not always easy to be grateful especially when things go wrong. If we can be grateful even when mishaps happen, by seeing them as opportunities to learn or grow then we can remain on that upward spiral and prevent unwise choices.
I was going to present you wiht my diagrammatic representation of this timely reminder, but had a much better idea. I asked Sue to paint it for me and as you can see a picture tells a thousand words. I love the grateful optimistic surfer riding the ups and downs - I hope you can see the joyful face that Sue has captured in her amazing way.
There was for me, another beautiful reminder in the story of Sue's paintings. I noticed she had misspelled pessimism as pessimisom (I am gratitude for spell check on the computer, as I can't imagine what interesting words these blogs would have in them). Sue's response was initially to say she would re-do it. Then with a laugh she popped a 'oops' on the words. This was a lovely illustration of turning a 'so called problem' into an opportunity for gratitude and optimism. How easy it is to give ourselves a hard time over a mistake. When we do this we miss an opportunity to learn and be authentic, grateful and optimistic! So, up with optimism and authenticity and o course up with gratitude too. I am back onto keeping my gratitude journal, maybe you would like to join me!
Whilst preparing for my trip to Sri Lanka I found lots of amazing things hidden in the back of my website! I found there a course I had developed on what I like to think of as the 3 Foundational Practices (Gratitude, Meditation or Contemplation and Kindness) and another one on Kindness to Self. I am enthused to get these up and running over the next little while and will keep you posted.
I feel like I am taking you all with me to Sri Lanka and am looking forward to sharing a fun adventure with you all.
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