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An Attitude of Gratitude

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Well, it is Thanksgiving again for us Canadians but anytime of the year is a good time to practice an attitude of gratitude.

William James said, "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. "

So many times people become discontent with their lives and surroundings and is it any wonder?  There is a whole industry set up to make us feel inadequate.  We are not thin enough, or not rich enough, or not hip enough because we are not buying the latest products on the market. The message rings loud and clear: We are not good enough!

How many times have you found yourself saying, if only _________  then I could be happy? The problem is that if we get caught up in this way of thinking we will never be happy because there is always something more we will think we need to complete our lives.

Paul Reid said, "Poverty is a state of mind often brought on by the neighbours new car. In other words, when we see our friends and neighbours acquiring things, we often feel poor because we cannot afford these luxuries.  But, in reality we are not poverty stricken, we only think we are poor." This state of mind is purely relative to whom you are comparing yourself to.  If you were to change your thinking and look at the homeless, then you would realize how truly rich you are.  You have a roof over your head, and food on the table. Okay, so maybe it is not your dream house and maybe you are eating peanut butter sandwiches and not caviar, but you are sheltered and fed.  Believe it or not, some people do not even have these basics. Be thankful for the comforts you do enjoy on a daily basis and try to remember not to take anything for granted.

Most people do not realize the benefits of gratitude. When we sit and think about all the things we want but don’t have we set ourselves up in a downward spiral of disappointment and negative thinking which can lead to overwork, and depression. Gratitude, on the other hand, lifts our spirits and gives us a clearer focus on life as it really is.  We will be content with what we have and therefore our attitude will bring us a spirit of peace and contentment.

You may say to yourself, but I don't have much!  Well then be thankful for the little things you do have.  Do you have a roof over your head?  Do you have someone who loves you?  Do you have someone you love?  Do you have food on your table? Do you have your health?  Do you have a job? Do you have a pillow to sleep on?...a blanket to keep warm? Do you have your sanity?  These may seem like small things but there is nothing small at all about good health, a nutritious meal, a warm bed, a lucid mind or the love of another human or even a pet. Just ask somebody who doesn’t have one of these things. And if you don’t have them all, you can still be grateful for the ones you do while you chase the ones you lack.  

Someone once said, If you haven't all the things you want, at least be grateful for the things you don't have that you wouldn't want. There is always something we can find to be grateful for. Be grateful for your health. Appreciate your ability to move and feel the wind in your hair and the grace of your own movements. 

Try not to let the shallowness and unreality of social media trick you into thinking that others are living a better life than you are. If you can recognize and savour each beautiful moment of your life - and I’m not saying that every moment is beautiful but I’m sure there are a few lovely moments each day - then you are wealthy beyond measure. You don’t and shouldn’t need others to validate your joy…doesn’t that actually detract from it?

I know this sounds simplistic and I know that there are always things that many of us truly need but if we start changing our attitudes and develop an attitude of gratitude then we will be in a better position to allow our positive thoughts to direct us in a way in which we can achieve more.

“You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.”
— Viki King

Gratitude is the first step in achieving the things you want to achieve in life.  

Let us make every effort to get rid of the negative thoughts that hinder our life's journey and learn to develop positive thoughts that will help us achieve our goals.  

Don't wait until Thanksgiving rolls around each year to be thankful.  Make it a point to develop in your daily life an attitude of Gratitude.

 

Happy Peace Day

Today is International Day of Peace as sanctioned by the United Nations in 2002. 

It's one of my favourite days of the year.

It is inclusive of every one no matter their race, religion, age or sex.

Peace is the ultimate goal, the final destination on this crazy planet and hopefully many of our decisions and actions are done with this intention. 

I work in the name of peace. My olive branch is a bracelet and my design is to provide understanding which is so important as it's a prelude to peace. Knowledge really is power and when than knowledge is over yourself you are powerful in the most intrinsic, influential and necessary way. It is only once you make peace with yourself can you begin to bring peace to others. It is not selfish to take care of yourself and be the best you which is what the world needs and serves the greater good. 

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If you have the time please enjoy this interesting video that highlights ideas to establishing peace and security for the women of the world. 

I live in Canada which is a peaceful land and while I empathize with those living in war torn countries, it is not my truth and therefore I cannot comment on out of respect. 

But on a personal note, I am hosting a bridal shower today and I think it's ironic that today is also Peace Day. They say charity begins at home and I believe peace begins even closer; within oneself. I love the bride-to-be very much and wish her peace in her everyday life but know she has endured a hard struggle which she battles daily and something as monumental as inner peace seems implausible. But I know in my heart it is possible if she came to the understanding that it is best in life to keep moving forward; that we cannot change our past and wasting energy on it is just that - a waste. Make peace with your past. Put it away and move on. Move forward. Day by day. Night by night. Moment by moment. 

Most especially I wish that she knew how much she is loved and how precious and valued she is.

I wish that for all of us on this day of peace, to know that we are loved and valued. Then maybe we can take that knowledge and make a positive difference.

Peace. Love. Empowerment.