Hey friends… Today I have a guest blog post for you, from wild woman and Pleasure Catalyst kerrie Blazek! Woo hoo…
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Thanks for Everything…
I’m sure we can all agree that gratitude is an important ingredient in a well-lived life.
In the United States and Canada, national holidays are set aside to celebrate Thanksgiving. World religions, including Christian, Buddhist, Muslims, Jewish, and Hindu traditions all emphasize the importance of gratitude.
At some point, you’ve probably been told to count your blessings; but what if instead, you decided to be thankful for everything? How might your life change?
Albert Einstein purposed there are two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle.
I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I slowed down and considered everything to be a miracle?
I decided to try a little experiment in radical gratitude.
While visiting my favorite neighborhood coffee shop, I chose to be thankful for the loud, obnoxious, demanding woman ordering her Frappuccino
Believe me, viewing her as a blessing rather than a thorn in my side certainly impacted my day. Because, as luck would have it, after placing her order she sat down next to me.
Instead of regarding her with contempt, I chose gratitude. I couldn’t help but wonder: What if she’s a blessing in disguise? What if I am thankful for her presence, rather than scoff and become annoyed? How might things change?
I’m pleased to share that her demeanor changed as soon as we began talking. Instead of being loud and obnoxious, she softened. When I engaged her, by asking with wonder, what delightful concoction she ordered, she responded brightly. When she shared her story, and I shared myself, my entire perception of her changed!
Shortly following this brief encounter, tears welled up in my eyes. I kept thinking, “How might life be different if we all lived our life as though everything is a miracle.” Everything. Including: red lights, canceled plans, and loud, obnoxious people?
I realize this idea may seem a little far-fetched, but let me ask you this: Would you be willing to run the experiment? Would you be willing to suspend belief and give it a try? Scientists do it all the time. They start with a hypothesis, collect data, and formulate their own conclusions.
This experiment in gratitude has three simple steps:
Hypothesis: If I give gratitude for everything, then my experience of life will change.
1. From the time you read this post, until the time you go to bed, make a conscious decision to be thankful for EVERYTHING!
2. Notice what happens when you make the mental shift to gratitude.
3. Collect data and formulate a conclusion.
Conclusion: I used to think ___________, but now I know ______________.
Like my interaction with loud, Frappuccino Girl, being thankful can bring a spark of magic and fun to an otherwise frustrating experience.
Be sure to come back and share your results in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear what happens when YOU decide to give thanks for everything!
Are you looking for a bigger challenge? Join the 40-Day Feel Good Challenge and develop a daily radical-gratitude practice.
Kerrie Blazek is a certified Pleasure Revolutionary with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. She has over 15 years’ worth of experience in drawing out people’s innate gifts and talents. With her dynamic personality and calm demeanor, she has helped middle-school students, teachers, and women from all walks of life glimpse their own greatness. Blazek combines her experience with many years of study in personal development to offer women unparalleled coaching services. She can currently be found living in North Dakota with her dog Roubidoux. Discover more about her at InHerElement.biz, friend her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
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