The 3 Things I am Grateful For This Month – Close Embracements, Sunshine and Tears
Happy Wednesday everyone! Guess who’s back with another blog post? Of course, ME! Today I am talking all things gratitude. Being grateful for the smallest of things and recognising the small elements of the world. We all have ‘elements’ that contribute largely to our progression and our experience on this planet. However, sometimes we can become oblivious to these elements because we get ‘sucked in’ to our daily routine, we get overwhelmed by our workload and we become processed and conditioned by our environment. We are all a little guilty of forgetting to switch off, re-energise and connect with our inner morals and beliefs.
What makes you feel alive? What makes you happy? What makes you feel a sense of contentment? What makes you feel free? Question yourself.
Perhaps these ideas, feelings and activities should be acknowledged. Small. Big. Anything that makes you feel 1% better, should be acknowledged. Writing a gratitude list is a positive activity to carry out. Gratitude lists put things into perspective, they highlight our individual traits as humans and they allow us to reflect, appreciate and smile. When we realise the beauty that surrounds, a calmness will arise, and it will push negative thoughts out of the way. I like to start my day with a gratitude list and reflect on this before bed.
Yes, I must admit ‘life’ has captured me and has become overwhelming but whenever I take five minutes out to do a gratitude list, I feel 10x better. That’s why I want to share my gratitude list with you, in hope to inspire you to do the same. Without the small things, life would be overwhelming. What happened to being happy within ourselves and discovering our own thoughts and transmissions? Be your own person. Appreciate your own ideas and thoughts and take a moment to listen to your body and mind.
We all travel different roads to lead us to different destinations. For some of us ‘failure’ occurs and the roads we travel down have more lumps and bumps in them. “But no one reaches the end without facing some form of adversity” (Sharma, 2013, pg. 49). Rather than fighting against the challenges, why not accept them as part of your journey and be grateful for them. Experience every circumstance that comes your way and be grateful for the bad and the good. All experiences shape us as individuals and will eventually lead us to where we are meant to be. “Remember, there are no real failures in life, only results. There are no true tragedies, only lessons. And there really are no problems, only opportunities waiting to be recognised as solutions by the person of wisdom” (Sharma, 2013, pg. 50).
What Am I Grateful For?
(aka giving someone a big squeeze!)
Have you ever experienced a cuddle/hug with someone that makes you feel comfortable, energised and safe? Have you ever cuddled someone and felt a connection, a bond, a healing power? I have. These past few months have been particularly tough for me and being close to people who make me feel good has been important. My mum and my dad give the best hugs; they provide comfort, they provide a strong connection and they always make me feel safe. I also have a few friends and these friends are special. I know this because of the emotional bond we have when we hold each other and squeeze each other after such a long time. I have realised that cuddling and being close to loved ones makes everything seem ok. In fact, the problems that have occurred over the past few months have shrunk in size because I have surrounded myself with positive, beautiful and loving people.
I am grateful for being able to connect with other human beings. I am grateful to be able to hold someone else, heal someone else with a small gesture and re-energise myself through a positive act. Cuddling is an awesome thing. In fact, we should do it daily!
When you have a connection with someone, a bond, don’t let it go. Hold it tight, cherish it, don’t take advantage and appreciate the bond. It is not every day you meet someone and you just ‘connect’ and your channels and inner wires become intertwined and charged together. This type of connection is very rare and only happens when we are meant to cross paths with particular individuals. Don’t take it for granted.
Who do you have a connection with? Who provides you with comfort? My pets are also great at providing this connection!
I am grateful for the sunshine. I am grateful for vitamin D and I am grateful for the warmth that is provided from the sky. The sunshine makes me feel alive, it makes me feel confident and it instantly improves my mood. Sometimes the temperature doesn’t always have to be warm outside, as long as the sun is shining I am happy. Crisp winter mornings or sunsets in the summer; both please me just as much. In Blackpool, we have been fortunate to have received some wonderful weather recently. Warm, uplifting and sunny! Although it doesn’t last for long, it is the perfect excuse to get outside and appreciate the surroundings.
The sunshine injects the world with a raise of colour, passion and vibrancy. People become happier, more motivated and less stressed when the sun makes an appearance. Honestly, the weather makes a huge impact on our day and our feelings as individuals. When the weather is miserable make the most of it! Go to the cinema, cook dinner or get your never-ending to-do list completed! When the sun is shining you can utilise the weather and appreciate every second of it without thinking about other tasks. I am grateful for the sunshine, something we have no control over. Something very simple, but makes a huge impact.
Without rain, there are no rainbows. Without water, flowers cannot grow. Without tears, emotions cannot always be expressed. And sometimes, tears express our deepest feelings without any words. I am grateful for being able to express my emotions and not feeling guilty. I have refined who I am close with now and I only open up to the people I believe care. Don’t ever feel guilty for crying. Crying is a release mechanism. It helps the human body re-energise, it reduces stress and it ultimately calms the body down. I have spent years bottling up my feelings until eventually, exploding and breaking down. Stress can sometimes be good, but emotional stress is something we should take control over.
If you feel like crying, don’t hold it back. Listen to your inner knowing. Listen to the signals your body is trying to express and realise why it is you are crying. Honestly, it is normal to cry. Happy tears are normal too! It’s an emotion, just like laughing. It’s beautiful and it expresses how incredible the human body is. Relax, breathe and don’t be mad at yourself. Sometimes, a good cry is all we need to move forward and that is ok. Appreciate the human body, appreciate the fact your body has a way of releasing emotion naturally and appreciate the feeling of relaxation afterwards. You’ll be ok. The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.
I hope this post has inspired your gratitude list. This is a long post, but I love being able to connect and express my gratitude especially here on my blog.
Let me ask you, what are you grateful for?
I hope you all have the most incredible week and weekend. Sending positive vibes your way. Always.