Sunday, June 24, 2012

Living Each Day as a Thank You

Sometimes we feel deflated, or overwhelmed, or someone or something hurts us, disappoints us, or we hear bad news about a loved one’s medical condition.  On those days, when you feel your light has gone out, remember there is always a glimmer of hope and something to be thankful for…
                                                                                                        -Albert Schweitzer  

Having the ability to now look back upon my journey, I can now say with absolute certitude that I am grateful for every experience I have ever had.  Each  experience has allowed me to grow in faith, compassion and love. I have found strengths that I did not know existed within me. 

I now look for and appreciate the beauty in every single day.  I see the signposts.  I look for the gifts.  I look for the opportunities to laugh.  I pay attention and receive the messages more readily.  I send love and silent blessings.  I am even thankful for my tears as they help restore emotional balance in me.  I am thankful for the ability to feel the signal of pain because it allows me the opportunity to pay attention and see what changes need to be made.  Each day I am grateful.   At many moments throughout the day, I am mindful of all that I am.  It is a practice, one that I hope to eventually master.

Gratitude does not belong to a select few.  Anyone can begin to shift their focus and see their lives through a different set of lenses.  Everyone is capable of transforming the most life-altering situations into a more positive experience.  You can decide to look for the little miracles along the way and bring your focus to the blessings that simply are. 

Find your inner light even in the darkest hours.

A long period of physical or emotional pain may predispose you to self-pity and negative emotions.  It may feel as though it takes an enormous amount of effort to push the heaviness away.  Instead of pushing away, focus on lightening your mood by inviting thoughts of persons, pets, things in nature, events, even the little moments that have meant so much.  Think of it as mixing in the gratitude with all of your other thoughts.  The plan is to reach a higher concentration of things you are grateful for than things you are not.  The more you seek gratitude, the more reasons to be thankful will appear.

The act of giving from a place of love, not obligation, also opens you up to receiving.   What can you give when you may not have much?  You can give the gift of your presence, your smile, a kind word or gesture, a compliment.  When you reach out with gratitude, gratitude reaches right back. 

Love and Blessings,

Kathleen O'Malley, DC

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