Posted by Donna Vail
on November 23, 2016 / Posted in Inspiration
, Live More
, My Life
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously and because all things have contributed to your advancement you should include all things in your gratitude.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gratitude is a continual practice but what happens this week, during Thanksgiving holiday, is an expansion when our families and friends all come together to celebrate.
Sometimes it can be challenging to be grateful when we’re faced with what we don’t feel so grateful, however, we must count it all as on the way and a blessing because it all contributes to our individual and collective advancements.
We can experience what we claim to be pitfalls, stress, “bad things,” or so much that seems to limit us or be in our way but I bid you, take a closer examination. As it turns out, it was all helping you be on your way.
- When we get delayed and run late stressing, it may be preventing us from something far worse or be in perfect timing because where we’re headed for our appointment, well, they’re running late too. So when you get there, you’re actually in perfect timing. (I love when this synchronicity happens and then I don’t have to sit and wait as long. It feels good, like you’re all magically connected in time.)
- When you get called out on your work it turns out the challenge helped you learn and be even better than ever before. Now you’re making more progress than you first anticipated. (This happened to me when I went in front of a group of entrepreneurs with my goal plan. They flipped my plan saying it would be more advantageous for me to begin with what I had at the end first. I panicked but then I found how to do it in a much easier way. And I got help as well, double win!)
- When you schedule out everything yet you still can’t seem to find flow and end up more stressed than ever, it turns out it was a calling for more people to pitch in and help, which now means you’re never doing it alone again. (This is how we keep life moving in a big family on an everyday basis. Teamwork and delegation.)
- A child who challenges you on all fronts of your parenting helps you become more loving and present to honoring others, now causing you to learn how to have deeper richer relationships. (This is my toughest child who really calls me out but has caused me to grow the most. I am grateful to tears for this child.)
- A health challenge that has you in more weak spots than you’re comfortable with but then you realize, getting ill gave you the healing you needed to be better, stronger, and sharper than ever. (I’ve been through several health challenges. I know it’s not fun but it raises you up in ways you may have never tried to step up to otherwise.)
- Having to learn something that you never wanted to but have had to take time away from what you want to do now helps you have more security and understanding so you can be more responsible, experiencing better results. (This can be technology, money, relationships…for me, it’s touched on them all!)
Just as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, all things have contributed to your advancement, so we must practice gratitude for it all. Grateful for it all as on the way instead of in the way. These challenges I’m experiencing are growing me to the greater heights I want to live, so instead of stressing and hating it, I must practice gratitude.
I am here to inspire you to dive deeper in your gratitude this holiday and every day from here on out. See all things as contributing to your advancement, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Count it all love. Count it all joy.
What has been a challenge lately that you haven’t expressed gratitude for? Even if you can’t see how what’s happening in contributing to your advancement, count it a blessing. “Thank you for this delay.” “Thank you for this challenge, it’s growing me.” “Thank you for this lesson, I have learned and am a better person now.”
Let your gratitude expand on this holiday as well as everyday. We are here to love and be loved. We are here to live in joy.
I am grateful for you dear reader. For all of my clients, mentors, friends, family, and supporters whether near or far, from this age or another. You enrich my life by the lessons that come, the calling to share and lead, but most of all the trust you’ve put in me. My prayer is always to be more grateful and to aspire to all that life is calling. Let us enjoy the journey together.