This time of year there’s so much talk of being grateful. And my guess when you think about what you’re grateful for, one of the following happens: you only think about the good stuff or you kind of poo-poo the idea because you can’t really think of anything “that good” to be grateful for.
Part of the magic of gratitude has to do with the law of attraction or the theory that like attracts like. So the idea of only focusing on the good stuff is sound advice and incredibly effective. But, what if you take it a step further and get grateful for the messy parts of yourself and your life?!
The mess is happening for a reason and pouring pink paint over a dirty wall doesn’t get rid of the dirty wall. When you completely ignore the undesirable stuff, you’re kind of saying that there is shame in what’s going on. But the truth is when you really stay present and allow the flow of life, you can appreciate these parts that are teaching you beautiful and valuable lessons. You don’t have to be grateful for the actual pain or struggle, but for how it’s growing and expanding you!
Get out a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle.
On the left side write down everything you love about your life and on the right side write out why. Allow yourself to really feel into the gratitude and appreciation you feel for these amazing parts of your life!
Flip the paper over and draw another line down the middle. On the left side write out the parts of your life you desire to shift and what it will look like when it shifts. On the right side write out the lessons this not-so-great thing has taught you, what you’ve gained in this experience and what you’re grateful for in the experience.