Grateful Living

How many times have you heard, “Be grateful for what you have.”? What happens when life seems to be going all wrong and gratitude isn’t what we are feeling? Can we find the reason to be grateful in what we perceive as negative?

Life can be challenging and I’m grateful for that. It is in those challenges that I learn who I truly am and gain strength.

Sadness comes into our lives and gives us reason to be grateful for the happier times. Without sadness we could not know happiness.

A feeling of powerlessness over our situation is cause for gratitude in the knowledge that in these times we can turn to others for a helping hand. It deepens our connection to those we love.

Fear is always something to be grateful for. Fear at a primal level will keep us out of harms way. Fear that doesn’t come from a place of survival will lead us to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone and live life to the fullest.

Most of us would say it is easy to be grateful for family, food, and fun times. My challenge to you is to find something to be grateful for in every situation throughout your day and your life.

Enjoy the following video on Gratitude. I’m sure that in no time you will be singing along. Each day is filled with gifts waiting for you to untie the ribbons!

This is Your Life

This is Your Life…it is short so make the most of it.
                 Do what you love,  
                 Love what you do.
 Share your passion…Live your dream…..
Always remember, People Matter…
                No act of kindness is ever too
A door isn’t to keep us in or out…
a door is for going through.                                                                                          The greatest love of your life is the face you see                                                            every time you look in the mirror.
Be here now…always and in all ways.


4 Words

Have you ever thought about what the 4 saddest words might be at the end of your life? Four seems like such a small number, I’m sure you are thinking, “How much sadness can 4 words contain?” Try these 4 words, “I wish I had” and then fill in the blank.

We all have things we dream of doing, some may seem to be crazy, some just seem to be out of reach. What makes them crazy? What keeps them out of reach?

Are your dreams crazy because no one else would understand? We have all heard the saying, “Dance like no one is watching”, follow your dreams the same way. Smile while you journey toward happiness, remembering that happiness is the journey. No one wants to get to the end of life and say “I wish I had, but no one would have understood.” You understand, and when you smile, so do those around you.

What keeps your dreams just beyond your reach? Is it money, time, lack of resources? These are excuses. There are people living their dreams with little to no money. Just try Googling the Moneyless Man. I’m not suggesting you go to the extreme and try what these people have done. I am saying money is not a valid excuse for not following your dreams. Take it in baby steps, simplify your life, save the money you would have used to dine out and eat at home instead. Sell things that really don’t serve a purpose in your life anymore, I did and it is a very emotionally liberating experience. There are a whole host of ways to find the money to follow your passion.

Time, the most important thing to note about time is that we make time for the things that are important to us. If you are truly passionate about something you will find the time to pursue it.

Lack of resources is nothing more than us not being resourceful. I’m guilty of this. You hit a road block and instead of finding an alternate route you give up and go home. The latest greatest in GPS technology has live traffic updates that give us alternatives. Treat the obstacles you face the same way. If one route doesn’t work, look for the alternative.

Here is an example from my own life. I recently discovered an online educational opportunity that I wanted to participate in and when I looked at the cost involved I knew it was not in my budget. I could have given up and said it just wasn’t meant to be. I chose to contact the business and offer a trade, their coursework and certification for my services as a writer. Guess what, they replied with a two thumbs up. I’m smiling, they are smiling. They have a need, I have a dream. We both get what we want. This is just one simple example of how to be resourceful.

In reality, the only thing keeping us from our dreams is us and our fear: fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of the unknown. So what are your excuses for not following your dreams? What steps can you take today to make those dreams come true? Each step you take gets you one step closer to realizing your dreams and even closer to the biggest smile you will ever wear. If you still think you just can’t follow your dreams than maybe you need new dreams or maybe you just need to change your perspective on what really is possible. You are born with unlimited potential! You cannot fail, you can only learn!

I would love to hear what it is you dream of doing, or maybe you have already accomplished something that was a dream…leave a comment..share your dreams..