This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before. -Maya Angelou @foreverrikk
This time of year always reminds me of the importance of GIVING. Giving thanks, giving gifts of love, and giving gratitude are things that I have been trying to add to my daily practice. Simply just giving thanks. I grew up in the church and always heard the saying that, "Hallelujah, is the highest praise." It's a form of thanks, a form of praise, a form of gratitude to God.
So why not apply this high form of gratitude to my own life?
I will admit that 2016 was a year that I was not able to truly take care of myself and love myself and recognize the small things that I have done and thank myself for just showing up and BEING present. I was very critical with myself this year. Pointing out the things that went wrong in a situation rather than taking a moment to be proud of my accomplishments no matter how great or small they were.
I have recently realized that I can NOT take this mentality into the new year with me and I need to switch up this mindset, ASAP. I went soul searching, aka listening to a bunch of podcast, meditating, reading more, and most recently actually started attending church again. Which brought me back to the point of realization, that I simply just need to be thankful.
The simple act of gratitude on a regular basis will change anyone’s life, positively and immediately. I'm a living witness. I would love to share with you guys some simple ways you can incorporate gratitude into your life. Not all of these will apply to everyone but pick and choose what works for you, these are just some examples that I have found to work for myself and people who I surround myself with.
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey