Finding time for what matters most can be a big challenge sometimes, can’t it? What gets in the way for you? Do you occasionally feel:
* Overwhelmed by the number of tasks on your to do list?
* Distracted, discouraged and depleted because of the many people in your life who need or want or expect you to attend to one thing or another?
* Frustrated that your big, cherished goals seem to be hovering always just beyond your reach?
Well, I want to let you know that finding time to renew your energy and refresh your perspective is never more than a few moments of gratitude away. Indeed, exploring the attitude of gratitude is one of the most powerful and transformative time choices that you can make for yourself.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G.K. Chesterton
Why is gratitude such a powerful mindset? One of the qualities of gratitude that first springs to mind for me is how it opens us.
Our frustrations, stresses and feelings of overwhelm are extremely constricting. They can feel like holding the breath, can’t they? It’s hard to think clearly or creatively when you’re not getting enough oxygen!
Introducing gratitude to the equation immediately opens the hands and the heart. There is a release of constriction and control.
This manifests physically as well as in the mind! You breathe in and out more easily. Your eyes brighten, and the world takes on breadth, depth, and vibrant color again. You feel energized, alive, and reconnected with your heart and your life.
Those are all very powerful results from introducing a simple change of attitude, don’t you think?
© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.