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Gratitude is the source of resilience.
Gratefulness helps me live with courage by giving life a deeper meaning.
Sometimes courage is just waking up and setting an intention to face uncertainty. We live in an uncertain time and in a world that’s living with trauma on a global scale right now (pandemic). We have overcome every moment of adversity to be here right now, to be kind and thankful for our journey thus far and for all of our teachers along the way.
This may sound strange, but when I am grateful, I slow down. I pause. Any anxiety I am feeling disappears and courage is there…
Because in the face of adversity moments can be small victories and gratefulness just takes that to happen, a moment.
Had to contemplate a while on this one. Gratefulness for me today shows up as appreciation for technology: a CT scan of my sinuses indicates a need for delicate surgery to treat a chronic condition that antibiotics and prednisone have not helped. It’s not a risk free surgery and I am grateful I can allow my fears to arise but not dominate my day and thus find the courage to proceed with the surgery. I’m grateful that the surgeon will have the benefit of guided imaging technology greatly reducing risks of accidental injury to my eyes and brain. So I can see a connection between gratitude and courage.
I honestly think fear of losing my family or job or the goodwill of someone actually holds me back from doing or saying what needs to be said.
For fun, I am going to share what was in the astrological stars for me today. 🌠
“When I first faced pain, I was shattered. When I first met failure, defeat, denial, loss and death, I died. I believe in my power, in the magic and I do not die. I survive, I love, live, continue.” by Anais Min
No joke, that was my reading today.
And it has proved true, this is what gratitude can do ….. 🙏
Gratefulness is my “silvering lining” when I get overwhelmed with difficult times or fear of the pandemic and climate change. It stops me from feeling paralyzed and gives me hope and I can move forward with an open heart.
Amen! While things seem difficult right now, we are blessed to live in this time of seeing spiritual awakening and healing on such a wide scale. I know it’s hard, scary and uncertain, but we’re doing the work now. We were meant to be here in this moment.
Was just reading an article about gratefulness in times of challenge. In looking back on some of life’s challenges I can always identify areas/moments for which I am grateful. This bolstered my courage for the current challenges I am facing and also bolstered my courage in anticipating future challenges. Honour the challenge …but make time to acknowledge the areas of gratitude. That takes AND builds courage. I hope to weave this learning into my current moment.
My image for gratefulness is open hands
(open heart). When my focus is on openness I can be brave. I am able to view my world as cup half full as opposed to cup half empty. When I see my blessings I know I live with abundance and can trust my needs being met. From this position of gratitude I have the courage to give to others – my time, my talent, my treasure.
When my hands are closed my focus is inward, more self protective. In that position I am isolated. When I do not live gratitude I don’t see the bounty which is mine to share. Gratitude helps me see others and gives me the courage to reach out.
Gratefulness often offers the spark I need to live with courage, and heads me in the right direction.
I think of courage as a brave heart. I think of gratitude as a compassionate heart. They feed each other. They situate the mind in the heart. It’s a very helpful perspective!
this is a great perspective and true, thank you, just what I needed
Glad it was helpful to you. Have a blessed weekend.
Gratefulness Courage. Something to think about!
I am grateful every day that I demonstrate courage to step fearlessly into the unknown. I am grateful for the courage to be in flow.
I have never linked gratitude to courage, and I have to reflect on this question, especially in a difficult time at work, when skills are not considered.
Perhaps I could begin to consider my skills and abilities with gratitude, then I will have more courage to express them: this is not a privilege, it belongs to me.
At this stage of life I am grateful for the variety of life experiences that ground me and “en-courage” me for things now and things to come.
The truth is sometimes I don’t know the answer but we have to look around and see the things that less fortunate from us. They have nothing but they continue to live and bare a smile amidst the adversities in their lives. So, I think that’s the answer why I must live with courage and be more thankful for all the things I have right now.
You might watch the video on the gratefulness home page,
dear Eula . . .
it inspired & lifted me up,
and adjusted my perspective;
it might do the same for you…
Hmm, this is a tough one as I never connected gratefulness with courage. I don’t know, I will need to begin to wonder about this and look for connections. Thanks for the question!
I was, at one time, a champion worrier. I had experienced much loss and trauma and as I emerged from it I worried about everything! When someone I cared about went out of sight I would worry I’d never see them again, and I’d worry constantly of what people thought of me or how good i was, and I’d worry about my health, and so many other things. It was only gratefulness that pulled me out of that tailspin. Worry is not about what is real, though we fool ourselves that it is. We can worry when we have nothing, and worry just as easily when we have everything. Gratitude pulls us out of what ISN’T and into where we are, what is around us, and the blessings we have. It pulls us into experiencing this very moment as I am typing this and you are reading! It connects ME to YOU, and we have a moment of friendship as I reach out to you. Gratefulness polishes away the awful tarnish and reveals our blessings. 🤗❤
Your reflection is so well put Holly. I resonate with ” Gratitude pulls us out of what ISN’T.” “Worry is not about what is real, though we fool ourselves that it is. ” The gratefulness path in essence is about being in reality I think. Giving our energy to what is rather than what is not is a heart opening, heart-enlarging practice .(“coeur” means “heart” in French). Practicing gratefulness can/will give me courage.
Ditto with KC – “Awful tarnish” is a beautiful [??] image – many thanks 🙏 🤩
Thank you Holly,
Such a beautiful, apt metaphor. ‘Gratefulness polishes away the awful tarnish and reveals our blessings”. So true! And from there, courage somehow arises…
Holly, I read a great quote the other day that helped me. It said, “Don’t believe everything you think.” Thoughts can take on a life of their own, as my own have done so many times.
Dear Linda – thanks – your quote reminds me of something I’ve said – ‘whatever I say, the opposite is also true’
Gratitude pulls us out of what isn’t and where we are, what is around us and the blessings we have…
Gratefulness polishes away the awful tarnish and reveals our blessings…
So well written Holly!
” Gratefulness polishes away the awful tarnish and reveals our blessings. ”
Thank you, thank you, friends. I hope you each have a wonderful day.
One of the major things I am grateful for is my passion, in which it helps live with courage to keep growing and getting bigger and better.
I’m in this life coaching program right now and one of the habits we’re developing is being more conscious of the words we say when we encounter challenges. We pause and say “This is good because …” I’m in the midst of a career change and I’m constantly encountering things that trigger imposter syndrome and resignation though I’m still committed to my end goal. Gratefulness during these times remind me that challenges are just part of the natural growth plan, and to push through anyway.
I love this. Where can I find your life coach? 🙂
http://www.jensincero.com. Her audiobooks are so funny! Really hits home Law of Attraction and gratitude with a sarcastic and witty spin. Love her!
Thanks, Nelson – I’ve gone to her website
Thank you, Nelson. I am going to ponder (and use!) that phrase… “This is good because…” Your post is a gift to me today and I’m grateful.
Gratefulness enables me to see the abundance of all that I am and all that I have, giving me great strength and courage to live in the present.
Gratitude helps me to see all of the gifts in my life – and to tell those gifts that they are treasured.
Gratefulness reminds me that I have more than I deserve or need. It reminds me that things have worked out in the past even when I didn’t think it would. This gives me courage that that current situations can and will get better. Gratefulness is the doorway to courage.
Gratefulness allows one to focus on what we have, the positivities, how we survived past situations knowing that they are temporary.
Being grateful helps me stay connected to my inner Self and to God, which results in me living my truth without worry of what others might think.
Nearly 20 years ago I suddenly became bedbound, apart from a few occasional tottering steps. It was terrifying. I felt as if I was buried alive in one small room and I didn’t know how I could go on living like that. I had to learn to adapt to the situation but I still got very depressed. Then I learnt meditation. That was so helpful and calming to my overwrought nervous system but I still struggled mentally at times. Four years ago my daughter introduced me to this website and it has transformed my life. I have found however difficult things get I can always find plenty to be grateful for and that keeps me in a calm, positive frame of mind. Gratefulness gives me the courage to keep going.
Dear friends, thank you for your lovely messages 😊❤️
Butterfly, Yours is a grateful and brave heart. Your courage is inspirational.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and reflection. Your words resonate for me as well – ‘I have found however difficult things get I can always find plenty to be grateful for and that keeps me in a calm, positive frame of mind. Gratefulness gives me the courage to keep going’. Yes!
I experienced this for 2 years,
and felt the same way as you have described…
when it was over & I was made whole again,
I was ashamed that I let the lack of gratitude
get the better of me.
Bless you & may your path forward
Butterfly, that really must have been a terrifying experience. Thank you for sharing your story; you have inspired me to live with courage 🙏
On the whole, I am grateful for being able to live my life with integrity, and doing so fortifies me to have the courage to stand, without flinching, on what I believe.
Gratefulness calms me. It slows me down, which is really what I need. It gives me the “Pause” I need….
Starting the day grateful helps ground you. By being grounded you can find peace and strength and perhaps courage if needed.
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