Motivation Mondays: GRATITUDE
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
I Am Thankful by Anon
I am thankful for the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight because she is home with me and not with someone else.
For the husband who is on the sofa who is being a couch potato because he is home with me and not out at the bars.
For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because he or she is at home, not on the streets.
For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean-up after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
Gratitude Is an Attitude: A single act of gratitude can turn around our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with. In this season of Thanksgiving, let’s make an extra effort to lift someone up and share some goodwill. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? If we start our day with thankful thoughts, our thoughts will create an energy field of goodness around us. If we start the day in anticipation for all the good things that will come our way, we will attract same. If we wallow in dread, we might miss an opportunity we’ve wished for all year. Our attitude makes a huge difference.
Every day we are able to open our eyes, move our limbs, and start our day is a gift. We can choose to fritter it away with idle chatter and angry words. We can choose to be thankful and treat each moment we have breath with reverence and a spirit of gratitude. Whatever we choose will impact our outcome. Some of us spend our lives waiting for the If only I had ….. X moment. The fact is that now is as good a moment as any other time or day we choose to make a shift in our lives. When we open our eyes, release all our excuses or reasons for not moving forward, we will see that every moment is the right moment to start. When the urge to change or act calls, answer it. If we ignore that inner urge, years later, we will find ourselves still waiting. Get motivated to shift or change an attitude today.
“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” Elie Wiesel
For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am able to walk and that I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.
Gratitude Is Graceful: What is the last thing you do before turning in for the night or leaving on a trip? Spend some time and reflect on the keys events that occurred during the day. If there were lessons learned, be thankful for them. Do you ever stop to say ‘thank you’ for the inspiration and grace that comes through others? Sadly, some of us don’t like to give credit where it is due. Some of us have a deprivation mentality that makes us feel like we will lose everything if we give away something. Of course, the not so secret lesson is that the more we give from the heart, the more we receive. There is a graceful door that opens when we are genuinely generous with others. Try it!
Even though I write quite a bit of motivational and inspirational pieces on this blog, I’ve always wanted to dedicate a day to focus on writing a weekly motivational post. It simmered in my brain for a few years and I made endless, mostly ego driven, excuses why I shouldn’t do it. Then, one day during the Blogging 201 course, an assignment helped me take that leap. I was grateful for the tips given and recognized, as Oprah said above, that I had enough to do it. I had enough to be thankful for and waiting for the perfect moment was unnecessary. My blog friends, Gloria, Loud Thinkin and Richelle reminded me that my life has, in the last 4 years, been a miracle. Even in my darkest hours, I chose to see the good around me. I know that what we spend our time doing/thinking is what we experience. Happiness is not only about having enough, it is also about recognizing the daily miracles around us and knowing that we are enough. You are enough, so be grateful for that and remind others you meet that they are enough too. That is the grace that comes with gratitude.
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December are:
12/01 – Acceptance
12/08 – Busyness
12/15 – Compassion
12/22 – Joy
12/29 – Regret
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.
Finally, for too much email, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me. (via inspirational short stories.com)
Gratitude Is Action: Every time we feel the joy of life and the bubbling up of energy within our bodies, we can share that joy by helping others. This holiday season, take action by helping at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Take action by donating to charities that help those in need. Take action by helping that poor neighbor or poor families in your community and around you. Take action by giving help to a homeless person instead of judging them. Take action by motivating yourself and others to help and serve. Take action by doing good. That is Gratitude in action.
Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for end of November and all of December below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.
Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM
Positive Motivation Tip: A single act of gratitude can turn our lives around. Do good for others this season.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Alan Cohen quote and Annette Bridges quote via Facebook. Revelation Studios via Wikipedia