Time management tips create opportunities to cherish. Every time you find time to acknowledge and savor what surrounds you, you fulfill your capacity to be fully alive in the moment.
Let yourself open to the following 5 insights about gratitude. They encourage you to develop and create new meaning in your life.
Be your gratitude.
Gratitude is about the totality of your life and how you view the world. It is a specific lens through which you make meaning, and it enables you to appreciate the opportunities that you have been given.
As you appreciate yourself, so you can appreciate others.
You are the base on your life. And you can only give what you have. Imagine a well full of water. It is easy to draw from that source. Now imagine a dry well. It has no water; therefore, it cannot give any water. So allow time in your day to acknowledge your humanity, and warmly validate your efforts to care for yourself and for others. Deep inside, you are always listening to the messages you give yourself.
Let others know you appreciate them.
Acknowledging others is a concrete way to let them know that you truly see them, and that you open-handedly appreciate what they have done. Make sure your validation is specific. For example, “Thanks for reviewing my report. Your feedback was very helpful, and I appreciate the time that you took.”
Gratitude is an antidote to fear and self-criticism.
It is virtually impossible to be grateful and afraid, or grateful and self-critical, at the same time. When you experience gratitude, you will experience a sense of satisfaction, of wholeness and completion.
Like attracts like.
This is a fundamental principal of the Law of Attraction. You receive back what you put out. If you are negative and critical, then that energy enters the universe and attracts more of the same back to you. And by the same token, if you are grateful and loving, then the universe sends gratitude and love back to you. Your conscious efforts to cultivate gratitude prepare the ground for life’s gifts to take root.
You can start building this potential now, by asking yourself: How can you start realigning your priorities around gratitude today to start finding more time?© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.