“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
November for those of us in recovery is Gratitude month. Not only is it a time of Thanksgiving for many, but it is a special time of year to give thanks.
There are many ways to show gratitude for what we have and who we have become, but not everyone is capable of seeing their own goodness within to articulate their gratitude.
One way we can find gratitude is through Random Acts of Kindness. When we take the initiative to delve deep inside and open our hearts to others, we invite the Universe to surround us with compassion. We become focused on others and what would be thoughtful, appropriate and fitting for them. In so doing, we let go of our need to satisfy an imaginary yearning originally thought as important but can now take a back seat as we make others our priority.
What Happens When We Give Without Expectations?
We become open to possibilities that were never presented previously. These possibilities are called joy and abundance. According to Sarah from Grace in my Space, joy is contentment in spite of circumstances.
According to Your Mindful Coach, Joy is translated from the Pali word Muditā, the nuance of which includes the concept of sympathetic or appreciative joy.
We cannot be sympathetic and selfish at the same time.
Imagine for a moment, what the landscape of our minds would look like if we practiced gratitude and random acts of kindness more in our homes with our spouse and children, instead of raising and engaging in critical, judgmental, harsh and hurtful scenarios with each other.
The opportunity to be grateful is literally everywhere. Use your 24-hours. Write them so you can see them and allow the brain to examine them. Make them intentional, purposeful, in a way we would otherwise not feel them. Begin with the fact that we are upright and vertical. and continue:
- that we are not paralyzed in a wheelchair;
- that we can move our limbs freely, walk, run, see, feel,
- that we can use our brains constructively, creatively,
- that most of us have a roof over our heads,
- that we can breathe freely
- that our eyes can see, and so so much more.
When we begin to implement a plan to become purposefully grateful and take time out of our day before we hit the floor running to express our gratitude on paper, we become spiritually enlightened.
Balanced now and centered, we make ourselves available for the highest good of others. We entrust our life force to manifest itself in a way that makes our living one-day-at-a -time useful to those around us. We’ve become open, honest and willing and in so doing, have become a bit truer to ourselves in the process. This is the process of becoming joyful. Together with our Higher Power, we become grateful in an intimate way and share our purposefulness with each other, and others less fortunate.
And the circle goes round and round…
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