When I decided last week to re-focus on gratitude, it was my way of healing my way back to normal. Gratitude has been a life-saver for me in the past and I knew it work again to move me away from grief, take away anger and frustration and make me more positive. As I began to look to think about doing this I realized that I must let go off all expectations I had. Expectations from life, from others and most of all from myself. As Kristi Nelson says, “When we release expectation and experience appreciation, all the moments of our lives become openings and opportunities”.
Expectations lead to frustration, anger, guilt and remorse and I’ve been going through all of these.
I have certain expectations of myself – plans and goals – when they’re not met I get frustrated or feel guilty. When I expect someone to respond to me with openness and they’re evasive, I feel frustrated and even angry. When things don’t go the way I planned……You get it, don’t you?
But letting go of expectations, choosing to look around and appreciate all I have, and even trying to see what I can learn out of ‘bad’ situations..that’s the path of gratitude.
The 5 things I’m grateful for this week are:
- A sprain in my back that forced me to relax
- My husband who made sure I did that and took care of household chores and other responsibilities
- More time for meaningful conversations with my husband
- My Dad’s health improving
- My inner strength and intuition.
What are you grateful for today?
Join me and other bloggers every Thursday for the #everydaygratitude link up – to share all you are grateful for from the past week.