Gratitude is a Powerful Force

You are a mama with big dreams.

You have things you want for your life and things you want for your children.

Often when we start talking about dreams, wants, and desires, the focus can quickly shift from what is possible to what we don’t have right now.

Does that ever happen to you?

You dream up something big and exciting, and then suddenly everything you have in your life right now doesn’t seem so hot.

That longing for the dream starts to feel like a burden that sucks our energy and passion because we are so focused on what we don’t have.

It is easy to feel dissatisfied with what is happening right now. That is the human condition.  Phrases like “the grass is always greener” and “enjoy the journey” didn’t become popular by accident.

For us to truly “enjoy the journey” we have to find ways to focus on the here and now, to stay in the present moment.  Ever notice how peaceful and empowered you feel when you are here enjoying the moment?

Enter a powerful little tool called Gratitude.

One thing that I have found that really helps me enjoy the journey vs. being impatient about getting to the “grand finale”  is to ~stop~  and appreciate all that is around me and all that I have right in this moment.  Taking time for gratitude helps me to feel grounded and present.

I just finished reading a report that highlights some interesting results of a study that 2 doctors did about gratitude. Some of the things they found:

  • “Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals.”
  • Participants experienced “greater amounts of high energy, positive moods, a greater sense of feeling connected to others.”
  • “Children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and their families.”

You can read the study results here if you would like.

Gratitude is a powerful force.

I know that when I take the time to acknowledge what I am grateful for life just seems easier and I feel satisfied and content.  This then gives me some space to work on my dreams without trying to force them to happen, or feel frustrated about how things are right now.  I really am enjoying the journey.

I just found this awesome website, called Gratitude Log that works a bit like twitter, but you post and share what you are grateful for.  I totally signed up, because I firmly believe that gratitude makes a huge difference in me making my dreams come true.  (I am LisaDelzer on there if you want to find me).

I love this! They even email you once a day if you forget to update. Nothing like little reminders to help us stay focused on what really matters!

What are YOU grateful for today?

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