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Gratefulness has been a weapon against my pride. When my pride is in retreat, I don’t have to fear threats to it.
Living gratefully is making me less fearful. I am not there yet, there is a lot of fear to overcome and I’m still very new to the practice of Grateful Living. But there have been times, more than I could ever have expected, when living gratefully has calmed the fear. And life becomes so much more spacious. My heart opens then and all manner of things shine more brightly.
When I am in gratitude the fear has less importance. Gratitude makes everything much easier to move through. Doesn’t make it go away, however, it makes my ability to deal with it easier.I recently joined a “take no crap, but do not harm club”. I have been more concerned with not causing harm to someone I can see is already suffering and in. my eyes. has always been this way. That compassion and empathy for another and my efforts to change that, is what caused my own personal harm to begin with. I was raised to be kind, to be kind no matter the situation, I want to be kind. Learning a new way to express myself is a challenge at this stage of my life. I was told if you want to change you are going to have to feel uncomfortable, I have been uncomfortable and it is okay. I am willing and open. I woke up singing today, no particular reason, just had a song on my heart and a ready smile for the day. Gratitude is the path to the love and joy I wish to live by. The answers for everything else will come, I know they will.
Blossom, this is inspiring. Thank you 🙏
It took me a while in life to understand that “taking no crap” is also a kindness to others, Blossom. The people dishing out the crap have a different kind of suffering, and will have as long as their behavior continues. We don’t have control over their own path, but by standing up for ourselves we don’t lengthen it for them. Children need to be told no when they are doing something hurtful, and some adults still need to be told no.
I appreciated your post very much, Blossom. thank you.
Yes, as it warrants I thank in advance for outcomes I have not yet seen. Then it helps me go out to meet those outcomes through action. It helps me advance even while trembling.
Yes living gratefully makes me less fearful when I surround my thoughts and open my eyes to all the beauty of this EARTH. What I have in the love of family, friends and my recue dog Cody who was found two days old in a dollar parking lot and is now safe and brings us all so much joy. We have shelter, water, food and peace. So we have the energy and resources to help others in the world that do not..
I honestly don’t know yet. I’ve just started this journey. I’m hoping that will be the case in the future. I want to live a less fearful life. I would like to have a less stress-filled life as well.
I find that it is when my attention is centred primarily upon the One who is attending here, and only incidentally upon the world that confronts me, that the world is made marvellous in me. Then the great surprise, the most astounding fact of all, isn’t what the Cosmos is but that it is; not the infinitely varied products there but their simple Origin here. Nevertheless when they are seen as proceeding from This they take on its wonder, and nothing is ordinary any more. And of course, fear cannot exist.
When I don’t mind what happens I’m much more open and grateful. I am able to let go of fear more by bring it into awareness and letting go with gratitude.
Not minding what happens isn’t the same as not caring. It means to let go of expectations allowing life to flow. This gives me more room for gratitude.
Thank you for this, Antoinette. Expectations can easily derail me. There are times that I don’t realise they are there until they are not met. When I can truly let go of expectaions there is space for gratitude and all that accompanies it 🙏
I know better how to look for the positive elements in my life.
What comes to mind is a medical procedure I had recently. I felt such gratitude for the doctor and nurses and the skills they had acquired over the years that kept me safe. It reduced the anxiety of having the procedure knowing I was in good hands.
Living gratefully can make me less fearful. That makes sense. Thank you.
It could help…I suppose the question is made me less fearful of what? That others don’t care? Perhaps less fearful of death. Maybe gratefulness is like reassurance…
I’m not so sure. The things I am most grateful for are not things at all, but people (such as my family). I do not think gratefulness has mitigated my fear or made me less fearful for them, especially in a pandemic. But I may not be as grateful as I ought!
Growing in the ability to Living with a grateful heart has increased a healthy dependency & reliance of trusting Infinite God & not my finite self.
Fear is a gift in some ways, and not always to be denied or lessened. It needs to be acknowledged, recognized – the source found. Gratefulness can be a tool for dealing with the source of the fear, or pushing through the fear with courage. Living gratefully reminds me that I have a partner in recognizing fear and facing it.
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