January 14

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

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“The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. It can make you look at your life in a different way.  It can make the difference in how thankful you are. Not just during the holidays, but every day.” Maria Shriver

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude
Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

How Often Do You Express GRATITUDE? It’s easy to be grateful when things are going swimmingly well but, what do we do when we feel stressed out or trapped by life’s demands? What do we do when we suddenly find ourselves at a loss to say what we think or even how we feel about events around us? And what about when we’ve tried to handle a situation and it persists, and we try another approach and it lingers? At some point, we have to surrender our need to have all our pegs fit nicely in their square holes. We have to stop, catch our breath, and change directions, albeit for a short while. What is this all about? Well, I was wondering when you’d ask. I started the new year on solid ground. I’d made a clear decision to focus on a number of offline projects and channel a bit more into my online work. All was coming along nicely until I hit a wall over the weekend. No, it was an imaginary not a physical wall.  Everything stopped. I had to rethink my projects and I was feeling very frustrated.

An Æsop Story: The Hares & the Frogs
Hares, as you know, are very timid. The least shadow, sends them scurrying in fright to a hiding place. Once they decided to die rather than live in such misery. But while they were debating how best to meet death, they thought they heard a noise and in a flash were scampering off to the warren. On the way they passed a pond where a family of Frogs was sitting among the reeds on the bank. In an instant the startled Frogs were seeking safety in the mud.
“Look,” cried a Hare, “things are not so bad after all, for here are creatures who are even afraid of us!” Via read.gov
Moral: However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves.

 

“When you meet obstacles with gratitude, your perception starts to shift, resistance loses its power, and grace finds a home within you.” Oprah

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude
Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

What About Gratitude Fits Here? A couple of projects I was working on had stalled and I was frustrated. One stalled because of market conditions and the other because of human ineptitude. I spent the rest of the weekend trying to salvage things and it was only late on Monday that a light-bulb glowed above my head with GRATITUDE scrawled all over it. No,my situation hadn’t turned around. Things were still under advisement and a tad chaotic. I was feeling the stress and in a moment of sheer exasperation, that message lit up my brain like neon lights. I was being reminded to focus on gratitude! Hence, the topic of this post. Whenever we think the grass across the pike is greener, it’s a sign for us to hit that pause button and reevaluate our circumstances. Are we sure it’s greener and how can we improve on own condition where we are? It can’t hurt to consider the worst case scenario and then adjust our thinking from complaint mode to gratitude mode. Yes, the idiomatic expression I amended above is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole … but that was not the point I was trying to make.

An Æsop Story: The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse
A Town Mouse once visited a relative who lived in the country. For lunch the Country Mouse served wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, with a dash of cold water for drink. The Town Mouse ate very sparingly, nibbling a little of this and a little of that, and by her manner making it very plain that she ate the simple food only to be polite.

After the meal the friends had a long talk, or rather the Town Mouse talked about her life in the city while the Country Mouse listened. They then went to bed in a cozy nest in the hedgerow and slept in quiet and comfort until morning. In her sleep the Country Mouse dreamed she was a Town Mouse with all the luxuries and delights of city life that her friend had described for her. So the next day when the Town Mouse asked the Country Mouse to go home with her to the city, she gladly said yes.

When they reached the mansion in which the Town Mouse lived, they found on the table in the dining room the leavings of a very fine banquet. There were sweetmeats and jellies, pastries, delicious cheeses, indeed, the most tempting foods that a Mouse can imagine. But just as the Country Mouse was about to nibble a dainty bit of pastry, she heard a Cat mew loudly and scratch at the door. In great fear the Mice scurried to a hiding place, where they lay quite still for a long time, hardly daring to breathe. When at last they ventured back to the feast, the door opened suddenly and in came the servants to clear the table, followed by the House Dog.
The Country Mouse stopped in the Town Mouse’s den only long enough to pick up her carpet bag and umbrella.

“You may have luxuries and dainties that I have not,” she said as she hurried away, “but I prefer my plain food and simple life in the country with the peace and security that go with it.”
Moral: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty. Via read.gov

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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“You cannot exercise much power without gratitude; for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with Power.” Wallace D. Wattles

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude
Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude
Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude
Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

How Gratitude Pulls us Off the Edge: I started this post about a few projects that went south. Even though I didn’t mention specifics, the thrust of my post was to remind us all that a spirit of gratitude can help us adjust to situations and find alternative ways to accomplish our goals. It is so easy to get stuck in a quagmire and bitch and moan about thisnthat but that isn’t productive.  If we take one small step away from our pity party and focus on the lessons learned, a doorway will find its way to us, encouraging us to start our journey all over again with a keener wisdom. Of course, all of this doesn’t happen overnight or in a vacuum but, if we stay open to the possibility of magical moments around us, we too might find our equivalent of a Prince Charming.  My frustration and attempts to see the light led me back to some of my favorite Æsop Stories, and I’ve shared a few of these classic and wisdom-filled stories with you. What have you learned this month? Where will it lead you? Do share.

An Æsop Story: The Fox & the Crab
A Crab one day grew disgusted with the sands in which he lived. He decided to take a stroll to the meadow not far inland. There he would find better fare than briny water and sand mites. So off he crawled to the meadow. But there a hungry Fox spied him, and in a twinkling, ate him up, both shell and claw.
Moral: Be content with your lot.

 

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Positive Motivation Tip:  In all conditions, return to the power of gratitude for insights and clarity

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.
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,  AND/OR  An Æsop Story via  Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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      • When we know how to be gratitude to all things, good blessings keeps flowing in our life! It also spreads good vibes.

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    • And the irony is that we should remember to be grateful especially when things are not working out. It’s easy to be grateful when all is well…

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    • When I’m more conscious of being grateful, I see it unfold in many magical ways in my life too.

  • I really think that gratitude is the single, most important practice that has everything to do with one’s state of mind. It requires the constant mindful being – yet it repays instantly. I’m not sure I liked the hares and the frogs tale though – I don’t think that uplifting ourselves using someone else’s suffering is a beneficial practice. Wouldn’t you agree?

    • The point of the story was to teach that we all have our own suffering to contend with and the story was a reminder to appreciate what we have not a comparison at all of degrees of suffering. Does that help clarify the moral of the story for you?

  • Maria Shriver’s words are definitely spot on, “The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. It can make you look at your life in a different way. It can make the difference in how thankful you are. Not just during the holidays, but every day.” There is so much power in looking at the positive things in life.

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  • You nailed it! There’s no better way to enjoy life more – or to make a tough situation easier to get through – than practicing gratitude.

  • I really have a hard time trying to get something done on Mondays. But I still try my best to accomplish something on that day.

  • I think it can be so hard to remember to express gratitude when we are in the midst of a challenge or hard times. I do think though that once we are able to get to that place, it has a wonderful way of changing our perspective and helping us to remember what is truly important.

  • I express gratitude everyday. Just being able to get up and breathe and have a good day is something to be grateful for.

  • I am really trying to work on my gratitude. It’s a process, but it is so necessary.

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  • Those are powerful stories! We try to always be grateful, and to teach our girls to be grateful as well for even the basics in life.

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  • Since having the accident in 2016 where I almost died after being hit by a drunk driver, i’m honestly so thankful for everyday because I know I shouldn’t be here right now. My kids shouldn’t be here, we shouldn’t have come out of that car alive.

  • I feel gratitude every single day, for all the blessings including those challenges. I thanks for having challenges because it helps me to work more, and gives me purpose. We teach kids about gratitude and you’ll see how different they grow – they gain more valuable perspective.

  • It so easy to take the little things for granted. I am so more grateful for these things now, especially after nearly losing my husband to heart failure. It has made us appreciate life so much more and the things in it!

  • I am always grateful in everything. This is something my aren’t embarks in me, Be grateful of all things even if they are so little. As simple as waking up in the morning – be grateful. Life will be easier to handle.

    Again, thanks for adding stories . It is something I always look forward.

  • I know the importance of gratitude. But I am failing to show this towards the people who loves me. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  • It really helps when I write 3 things I am grateful for when I journal before bed. Been doing it for about a year now. This post should be shared more so people can see it!

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  • Thank you for your perspective. Gratitude is something we should implement daily.

  • Thanks for giving us a great way to help us adjust to situations and find alternative ways to accomplish our goals through gratitude.

  • Showing gratitude enables one to achieve more. I always get motivated and learn new things from your posts. Thanks for sharing and wish you all the best

  • It’s so important to take a step back and realize how great your life is. I look forward to your next motivation monday post.

  • I love the calendar you have above, it’s so helpful to know the big days coming up. I hope I express gratitude every day in my prayers 💚

  • Showing gratitude is something that a lot of us do not do. There are so many things to be thankful for!

  • Gratitude and contentment go hand in hand with happiness. A grateful heart is equal to a happy life.

  • You know what? My favorite Italian word is GRAZIE: I love the way it sounds, I love its grace and the way I feel every time I say it to someone. It happens pretty often 🙂

  • I always look forward to your posts because they are so insightful. I am actually teaching our kids the power of gratitude and having an outlook on life that focuses on the blessings we have and not on what we want or do not have!

  • I agree totally with you. We must start to teach our kids early, because later will be too late. Good job!

  • It is easy to lose sight of what one has but it is very difficult to be grateful. I try to remember the good things in my life and be grateful as much as possible.

  • Oh oh – I think the universe is trying to tell me something! Yours makes for the third piece I’ve read this week on the beauty of gratitude. I think I’ll take your advice and start working on being more expressively grateful – for the small things as well as the large!

  • I love this post!! Gratitude is something that it simply feels good to be on both the giving and receiving end. Definitely a wonderful reminder for all of us.

  • I teach my kids to show gratitude when it comes to anything and everything. I try to do the same. But sometimes I do forget to thank someone!

  • I think many of us need to remember to show gratitude for what we have… I try and write little notes when I am grateful for something and put them in a jar to look back on later!

  • Expressing gratitude is so important and something I stress to my children. We can all do more of it, but believe any effort is worth while.

  • Since I started a bullet journal, I have dedicated a monthly gratitude page and I write a short sentence or few words every day. It`s so calming to look at it and the feeling of cultivating gratitude is even bigger. Can`t believe I haven`t done it until now.

  • Thank you so much for this, “a spirit of gratitude can help us adjust to situations and find alternative ways to accomplish our goals” Being ungrateful and bitter had my happiness halted for so many years, Letting go of bitterness and learning to be grateful changed my life.

  • Gratitude is so important to show and I like to show it as often as possible. But I do always think we can do it more x

  • Gratitude is so important! I have been so so bad at it throughout my life, but the moment I started working in it my whole perception of life changed. Great post & a great reminder!

  • I appreciate this post so much. We need to be grateful not only on thanksgiving Day but all year-round.

  • Great post on gratitude. Great reminder, I think that everyone needs the reminder to be grateful for what they have.

  • Yes, everyone needs to take a little time in their day to pause and reflect on what we are grateful for!! I started a gratitude journal the middle of last year and it has become the thing I look forward to the most at the end of my day!

  • I am always finding something to be grateful for each day. Even if my day is not the best I am always reminded by something small to still be grateful. It is so important to be grateful in the bad times as well as the good times. I like the moral of the last story to be content no matter what. I have learned to be content with what I have instead of longing for something that someone else may have. I loved this post very much!

  • I love the fables you included with this post! We work hard to teach our girls to be grateful for everything, even the things (food, water, shelter) that many of us take for granted – because not everyone CAN take them for granted.

  • The story of the hare and the frog is an old fable, my grandparents use to tell us as kids. To this day, they have stayed with me and I will pass down to my children

  • I agree gratitude could be a great guiding light in many situation.
    Thanks for this post, I am always excited to read your motivation!

  • Gratitude is something we all need to give, and it is something so simple to do and means so much more

  • My life completely change into a more positive way and I feel so happy since I begun to express gratitude. At the end of the day you need to know that things are not that bad and you have more than you know

  • Politeness and thanking people goes a long way. I am always thankful for everything that comes to me and it really pays off.

  • The Mouse story is so apt for gratitude topic…..When i pray I always start being grateful … It gives me peace….

  • When you meet obstacles with gratitude, your perception starts to shift, resistance loses its power, and grace finds a home within you.

    Omg this one really hit home for me. Love this quote!

  • GRATITUDE is so important – I’m going to make it the theme of my yoga class today!

  • Gratitude is something I do not take for granted, been doing this for the last few solid years. For sure something I do not neglect.

  • Showing gratitude is free yet so many people choose not to show it in any form!

  • I LOVE the mice story! it is so true! I’d rather live a simple non-rich life in peace than a fearful, walking on eggshells rich life. Life is about living with what we need and in comfort and joy ; )
    I’m grateful for every day I wake to another day (ever since my near death experience).

  • Gratitude surely has a very positive experience in life for us and everyone around us.

  • It’s funny how the mind works. We have more control over our experience than we realize, yet we still have depression and anxiety. Very nice post, we need more attention to this.

  • Thanks for this. Before the holidays I was doing so well with my gratitude journal but then I got out of my routine and habits. I haven’t done it the whole of january 🙁 It’s on my to-do list for the weekend though!

  • Gratitude is something that I express everyday, It’s important to always be thankful for what you have. This is such a wonderful post, the world would be a much better place if people expressed more gratitude and kindness.

  • I love to write down what I’m feeling grateful for! I know it make same so much more productive because I can see all the great that I already have! Gratitude is a perfect Motivational Monday post!

  • I am all about gratitude! Law of attraction! The more you’re thankful for what you have, the more you will receive

  • I am working on expressing my gratitude more this year. I think I am usually grateful but not always expressive of it. I love reading your posts — they are very thought-provoking!

  • I am always grateful for all the little things in life. Life is so short and although sometimes we struggle and experience tough days we should always find the time to be grateful for the day no matter how it went.

  • What a great article to read! Joy is the simplest form of gratitude and the gratitude you have it can apply to teach others!

  • I enjoy reading this, More blog post about gratitude that inspires us as well.

  • I love the story of the mouse. Gratitude is an interesting one for me. I struggle with the word but at the same time I am so thankful for where I am in life.

  • Expressing thanks is something we sometimes take for granted. I think we must express gratitude every day, in a sincere manner. It might just be this little habit that will change the world.

  • This is something that I have been working on with the kids, being grateful in all situations

  • Saying Thank you is something many now forget. In the time where everything is instant, I do hope that people never forget that important word.

  • One of the most important things I’ve learnt from Social Media in the past years, are related to gratitude. I definitely starter feeling and living better the moment I decided to give it a try to this “practice gratefulness” thing!

  • Trying to be better about expressing gratitude everyday. I stated a journal to do this and write in it before I go to bed.

  • You can never be grateful enough! I think the key to happiness is being grateful, without it you will always be longing for more and never appreciating what you have.

  • Gratitude makes all the difference when it comes living. It’s the difference between happiness and bitterness. When we are grateful for the things around us, our whole view of the world changes.

  • This was such a great reminder. It’s important to show others that we are full of gratitude.. it’s a message I am trying to teach my children everyday.

  • I feel like we could all express more gratitude to those we love and even to ourselves. Is such a simple thing to do that can have such a wonderful benefit.

  • Great read!! Gratitude is so very important!! It’s amazing how much I have to remind my kids – it’s almost sad

  • I always try to be grateful. Sometimes when I become jealous of what others have (or start comparing), I forget the things that i have. Hubby always reminds me to be grateful and be content. I remember ranting to him that this person went to this place, and I haven’t been there. And he would tell me “so the 40+ countries you’ve visited is not enough?” Sometimes I am so quick to point out the things that I don’t have, and forget just how blessed I am. Really and truly there is nothing for me to complain about with all the blessings coming upon us.

  • I think expressing gratitude more often will help with keeping a positive mind. This is a great motivational post.

  • Gratitude is something I think many people forget to focus on! In 2019 I am trying to express this more and more

  • I love this. Gratitude is something I try really hard to practice in my daily life

  • I’m with you 100%, gratitude is at the heart of what it is to be human!

  • Expressing gratitude is so important. Many things would not happen in our lives if it wasn’t for others and it is important to recognize their help.

  • I really agree with you! Also because unfortunately there’s too many people that doesn’t know this feeling!

  • This is a nice post. Great motivational content, my kids are learning about Gratitude in school and its awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • Gratitude is something that everyone needs to truly appreciate what life has to offer. As you said, when things are going well, its easy to be thankful, but when things are going wrong, thats when gratitude matters most.

  • Gratitude is definitely powerful! It can transform a not-so-good day into something more positive. I think it all boils down to allowing positivity to empower you in all aspects of life.

  • It’s taken me years to really shift my mindset holistically but boy is like great with gratitude at the forefront!

  • I totally agree with you post content. One can hange a bad day to good one and good day to a bad one. Well said

  • The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. Yes, this is so true, I was feeling so down and sad these past few months and to start with, I am one positive person. I guess we all have our down days. But as I pause and ponder, I realize, I still am lucky so thank you world, thank you universe and thank you people. I also would want to thank you MirthandMotivation for constantly inspiring and motivating people – thanks!

  • The power of gratitude is simply magical. You feel so blessed and you start seeing life in a much more positive way .

  • My mom taught me that gratitude is the birthplace of joy – I think that is absolutely true.

  • This is an excellent post. Sometimes it’s hard to feel gratitude for all that we have bit usually it’s exactly what we need at the time.

  • Gratitude is one of the biggest favors we can do to ourselves. I make a conscious effort to do so. Love your perspective on not so good times.

  • Gratitude is such an important part of everyday life. Although it can be hard to feel gracious everyday, it helps to at least try! I know I need to work on this a bit more. Thanks for sharing!

  • Gratitude is so important!!! The more thankful you are for the current things in your life, the more things you will be thankful for in the future

  • I find that allowing yourself to feel gratitude is the best way to allow more wonderful things into your life. Turning a blind eye to the good things already coming your way prevents you from finding true happiness in things that arrive for you in the future.

  • I am trying to embrace a life of pure gratitude and I found a challenge that I am currently following. I hope we could all see how blessed we truly are and be thankful

  • Gratitude is something that I am trying to work on everyday. I struggle and then remind myself to be grateful for the fact alone that I am alive and breathing.

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