- Experiment with being grateful for a challenge. -Janice
- Gratitude inspires our higher self, our best self, vs. our lower self. -Tim
- More on Tim's airport story at http://timitude.com/2014/11/28/blank-fridays-at-the-airport/
- [36:22 and 39:31] Janice considers that being grateful is a way of inviting grace into a situation, a way of making a situation "full of grace" - especially when we do not know how to change the course of events ourselves. That moment of gratitude for the challenge simply acknowledges what IS there and where we are with it, a decision that moves our focus away from what is NOT and therefore opens the possibility of something else to happen instead. Grace cannot enter where we haven't made space or taken pause for it.
- [41:00] "When we say we are 'grate-FULL,' we acknowledge there is a grace in there that I don't see yet....It's okay to not understand your gratitude." - Janice
- [41:49] "Think of being grateful as a way of asking for grace to be more evident. Gratitude is a choice to be open to miracles and that choice is a game-changer" -Janice
- [42:52] Tim quotes Habit #1 from Robin Sharma's "3 Habits of Happiness": "The key idea to remember is our minds are hard wired for ingratitude. It was a survival mechanism that was valuable thousands of years ago when we lived out on the savanna, but it no longer serves us right now. Most of us have roofs over our heads. Most of us have enough food to eat. And yet, we still focus on what’s wrong in our lives. It’s a biological instinct we have to fight. And how do you do that? Focused gratitude. And a great way to do it is write in your journal. Do it everyday. You start to hard wire your brain, and actually you start to refocus the way you see the world." (from http://www.robinsharma.com/blog/08/the-3-habits-of-happiness/)
- [45:31] Nobody owes you anything - and when you realize you can create your own opportunities for grace, you won't want that anyway!
Try experimenting with gratitude this week. Try being grateful for inconveniences, for challenges, for injustices, for blocks. Try it every day for a week and see what happens. Let us know what you come up with.
(News Flash: Complaining about it isn't getting you any better results anyway.)
What can you do when it's hard to be grateful for anything?