I was working on My Gratitude Practice this morning and was inspired to write more than usual. Here’s a full version of My Gratitude Practice for today.
This is what I’m Grateful for today
The experiences that have brought me to this part of My Life.
The knowledge that I have gained along the way.
The support of lots of dear friends, devoted family, and valued colleagues.
The interesting thing is that not every experience was pleasant or even positive when they occurred, but they taught me something nonetheless. Which means some of the knowledge was what I call “hard won”. Folks come and go, sure, but I have found that support has been there for me when I needed it. As I read this, it seems a little negative, but that’s not the way it’s meant. Let me explain.
A few days ago, a dear friend of mine asked when Intentions might begin to work. I said at the time that was a good question. Frankly, I don’t have a simple answer for the question. There are so many variables involved in the process. I expect Intentions take effect at different times for different people. Being a person who wants to know the “why” of things, this question of “When?” has been on my mind since it was asked.
Our outlook on Life shapes so much of our experience of that Life. While that seems obvious to me now, a fortune cookie “fortune” was the catalyst for truly integrating that into My Life. (Yes, that sounds naïve, but as a recovering cynic, it was one of those “WTF” moments that make you look closer at some seemly random event. More on that some other time)
I come back quite often to a quote on my desk. “What could I achieve if I envisioned a world filled with opportunity instead of despair?” The way we see the world is one of the keys to being successful in Living an Intentional Life. If you see opportunity around you, you’ll experience Life one way. If you see the world as going to hell in a hand basket, you’ll experience the world in a completely different way.
Which brings me back to the Gratitude post for today. As I said, not every experience was pleasant. When I despaired, my world was falling apart. When I was able to get myself together, I was able to use the experience to do something positive with the opportunity. For instance, a LOT of stuff happened to me about 16 years ago. At the time, I considered my world shattered. But with a lot of help, I have been able to create the world I Live in today.
So was the “stuff” positive or negative? I think it was Kierkegaard who said, “It’s not what happens to you, but what you DO with what happens that matters”. So positive or negative are not in the event, but in the experiencing. We can choose how we experience events and relationships in our Lives.
So those experiences that were less than pleasant did have some positive effect in my Life. I choose to let go of the pain and appreciate the Blessing. Knowledge is always a plus in your Life, “hard won” or happily gifted. Relationships, difficult or wonderful, are a part of Life. Some of my most difficult relationships have taught me the most useful lessons.
Our outlook on Life does make a difference in how we experience the world. Understanding this is the beginning of Living an Intentional Life. Can we change our outlook? Yes. Is it easy to do? That’s the part that’s different for everybody. Easy or not, we CAN change how we see the world. And in doing so, create a different world of experiences. And Opportunity.
REMEMBER – I AM Creating a world full of Opportunity.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by feeling a little blue this morning, and deciding to change that. I did.
Peace, Grace, & Love,