Happy Friday everyone. Now, this is a bit of a personal post but I wanted to share with you all something that has pretty much taken over my life for the past few months. I’ve always struggled with feeling inadequate. Feeling like my worth and self-worth needed to be measured by things. By experiences. Always striving for more, more, more. And being a blogger can exacerbate that at times. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others. Compare your success/blogger mail/opportunities to someone else’s. And while I’m in an incredibly lucky position to be able to be able to do what I do as a hobby. It’s hard not to look at your success, however small it is, and not feel like you want more. Comparision really is the thief of joy.
But that’s not healthy. This idea that we’re never satisfied. That we’re never living in the moment, just always working to achieve more success or more money to spend on material items. Which is why gratitude really struck a chord with me. Now, this may sound like some new age hippy shizz to some. But bear with me. Gratitude simply means thankfulness. It means counting your blessings, noticing the simple pleasures and acknowledging everything that you receive in life. I find it’s shifted my focus from what my life lacks, to acknowledging how much I have.
So what’s changed over the last months to make me feel less inadequate and more grateful? Well, it’s pretty simple, but I kept a gratitude journal. Now those who have read about the Law of Attraction or about being grateful will be familiar with one of these. It’s probably the most common method of practicing gratitude. And all you have to do is write down every day a list of 10 things you are grateful for. Although I try and do this before work, realistically I do this in the evenings. And I try and change up the list every day. As when you think about it, there really are so many things to be grateful for.
And having done this for a few months now, I can honestly say I’ve never felt happier, calmer and more positive about life. Yes, there are times when I can still feel a little jealous, or inadequate and compare myself to others. But now I stop myself quicker. I don’t dwell on it. And I remind myself of how lucky I am, and how I really shouldn’t compare their chapter 17 with my chapter 5.
What do you think of the idea of practicing gratitude? Do you think gratitude can change your life?
As always thank you to Kaye for taking the pictures!