More and Less

Gratitude List 15/03/2018

As I sat in my car this morning I was feeling a little fearful about the future, feeling a little resentful towards someone and as a result feeling a little low. The key word being ‘little’ because I soon asked myself “what am I worrying about?” I realised I have nothing to worry about compared to others less fortunate and compared to what I’ve had to worry about in the past. Not only have my fears and resentments lessened but other parts of my life have progressed in the right direction over the last year. Today I am grateful for my progression.

I am happier more often.

I am more tolerant of others.

I am less selfish.

I am more responsible with money.

I am more honest.

I am less angry.

I have more self-respect.

I am more present.

I waste less time.

I am more at peace.

I have more hope.

‘More’ or ‘less’ I am improving as a person. I am not perfect, I never will be. But I am progressing, and that I accept is all I can do.

Every step I take…

At work this morning I was filling up the kettle and also a 5 litre bottle we use to save us walking to the kitchen so often (mad I know!) As the water was gushing out of the tap, gratitude suddenly struck me – the availability, the cleanliness, how plentiful it is, how I need it to stay alive! It is so easy for me to go on with my daily life with no thought of how lucky I am.

So, for as long as I remember, I will try to stop and appreciate…

The meals I have. I will try and enjoy each bite.

Each time I use water, whether it be to drink or wash.

The steps I’m taking.

The air I’m breathing.

The things I see, hear, smell, taste, feel.

Material things like my clothes, my phone, my TV, my home, my car.

My friends, family, fellows.

My movements.

My health.

My freedom.

Going forward

Gratitude List 13/03/2018

Today I am grateful for the positive cycle I am currently in. This is not always the case, there are many days where I am going in reverse, slipping into the defects that I am clinging onto. Why am I in a good space at the moment? Simple. I have let go and allowed my ‘self’ to be guided.

For my desire to improve as a person. A desire resulted from some sincere, humbling admissions.

For the positive effects my changes will have on those around me.

For honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. I’d be lost without them.

For the beauty that surrounds me. I just need to stop and take notice. Whether it be nature, people, art or love.

The courage to change (if possible) the cycle when my self-will has taken over or I’m met with one of life’s many obstacles.

The serenity to acceptance the things I cannot change.

The wisdom to know when to apply courage and when to apply acceptance. It feels like a fine line. I have faith that in time it will become clearer.

The time and effort I am currently willing to put in. I definitely get out what I put in.

All the inspiring and motivating literature. Whether it be books, quotes or blogs. They all add to my positivity – only if I take the time to read them.

The knowledge that the serenity I seek is within me.

Some simple daily suggestions that were given to me freely by someone who is also turning his life around.

The growing comfort (lack of awkwardness) I have when I pray or attempt to meditate. I spent 99% of my life not doing either so this was never going to be straightforward. But as I practice, as my humility grows, as I experience the subsequent serenity, it is getting better and I have faith it will continue to do so.

Radio Me

Gratitude List 12/03/2018

This morning, as I do every morning, I woke up tuned into Radio Me. This channel wants ‘me’ to get up when ‘I’ want to, go out into ‘my’ world and run the show the way ‘I’ think it should be run. Thankfully, yesterday was a serene day. A day where I thought of ‘others’, a day where my higher power and I connected, a day that finished with a sincere prayer for ‘others’. And as a result it helped me quickly retune this morning and change the path of my day. I have this opportunity every morning. Some mornings are harder than others. Today I have gratitude for the lessons I have learnt from those more difficult mornings.

The simple notion of ‘I learn from mistakes’.

It is possible to change the direction of my day (my life). If not in the morning, I can do it at any moment of the day.

Some simple daily suggestions given to me freely, that allow ‘me’ to tune into Radio We.

That these simple suggestions have been proven to work for thousands of others.

The first good step. Whether it be prayer, a reading, a gratitude list or doing something for someone else.

That one good step leads to another. A domino effect. A positive cycle.

That I am ready to go out today and be the best person I can possibly be.

That those around me much prefer listening to this new channel.

Choose a beautiful path.