Why Gratitude?

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Approaching the end of another year always makes me reflect on what I’ve achieved over the past 11 months. The older I get the faster the years seem to go by and the less I seem to care about the tangible things I achieved. Sure, I worked hard and had some financial rewards. But is that really what I was proud of?

These days what I’m most proud of are the blessings I find myself writing in my gratitude journal each day. The little things that make such a difference to me even if it’s just a smile or a kind word from a stranger. Or my clients who open up to me and allow my help. Or the special friends who listen while I pour my heart out to them when things aren’t going well. Or to family for just being there and loving me unconditionally.

There are physical things too. Like the birds who wake me up every day with their song, the plants and trees that ground me when I go walking in the morning, the sun on my back, the wind in my hair, the beautiful beaches here in Queensland, the cozy and comfortable home I live in.

I could go on forever about all the things I’m grateful for, but I won’t. All I really want to say is that having gratitude is what keeps my heart open and attracts more of the things that are important to me. I know that many people talk about it and we all know how powerful it is, but how many actually practise gratitude everyday?

It can be one of those things you know you should do, but like so many other things, gets forgotten in the busyness of a day. Sometimes we just need to slow down and not do so much. If you don’t allow time for self reflection, it’s easy to miss the miracles that are all around you.

So as we enter into another festive season, I just want to ask you to look inside your heart and recognise what’s really important – the things that you may sometimes take for granted. Then count your blessings and hug your family and friends just a little bit tighter.

The world around you is full of magical moments if you just stop to notice them.

Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope 2018 brings you everything your heart desires.