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Vision 2017 Series-Gratitude

As resolutions go, Sisterhood Wellness has begun our Vision 2017 Series, where wellness in many forms will be discussed. The purpose is to bring to light the importance of the many different areas of wellness that often go unacknowledged. It is our mission to help people, especially women, develop, restore, heal and embrace all facets of themselves.

We are starting with gratitude, as in order to want and garner more, we must be grateful for what we already possess. Look at this definition…

noun: gratitude
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Are you focused on the things you want or things you don’t have? Are you thinking about what you lack or what you have lost? Can you look forward without looking to your past and previous perceived mistakes? Are you thankful for the have’s and the have not’s in your life? Can you show appreciation for the life experiences you’ve had thus far?

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”
― Oprah Winfrey

Think about the area of your life that you wish you had more power over…is it finances? career? relationship? family? health? Do you think about these areas and immediately think of the negative emotions associated? If so, lets challenge you to rethink these areas with a lens of gratitude as it is the foundation for your tomorrow.

Gratitude as it is defined above is a character trait. It is that something about you that is appreciative and thankful. However, this should be categorized as a verb because if in all things you do, you give and you experience is done so in gratitude, then you are acting out of this thankfulness. Being grateful is an action. Being grateful means you are saying so, thinking, doing, giving, receiving, etc. The question then becomes how do you get to this point where everything you do is out of gratitude for the multitudes in your life.

Some may say that they don’t have an abundance in their lives to be grateful for now. If you are one or you are somebody that finds it challenging to think of many, you are challenged. For the next 7 days, you are challenged to be grateful for all things…the yucky things, the bad things and the good things that come your way. Throughout your day you can choose to show gratitude from anything such as the wind blowing to your housing to the person who just cut you off. By challenging yourself in this way, you are increasing your blessings by not only bringing attention to their abundance in your life but also by showing gratitude toward the experiences that have contributed to the person you are today.

“Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart