This post is dedicated to my “gratitude sisters”, Patty & Mirella. They are always full of love & light, showing me what gratitude is all about. I am blessed to have such amazing women to guide me along.
The Old Me
Believe it or not, I used to be a very negative person. I had a “victim” approach to almost everything and was very insecure about the way I looked, my belief system, my abilities, and all the ways in which I didn’t fit in. Generally, I had a negative outlook on life. But after my second bout with depression, and at the moment when my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this all started to changed. I learned how to find gratitude even in the most difficult of times.
Look For The Good
It was a slow and sometimes emotionally painful process but day by day the easier it became and my mindset and perspective on life, relationships, the way I relate to my students, and the way I viewed myself began to profoundly change. Even though there were times (still are times) when things were crap and stayed that way for a while, I learned to always find the good in every situation. There is always good, even if you can’t or don’t want to see it. Look again..always look again.
One of the ways that you can change your mindset is to write a daily gratitude list. You can’t feel sorry for yourself and write a gratitude list at the same time! Ha! From November 2014 to November 2015, two of my girlfriends and I started a daily “gratitude group”. We would text each other three things that we were grateful for EVERY SINGLE DAY without fail for an entire year.
Since we agreed to text each other, it made us accountable and helped us to stay motivated to continue and be consistent. I can’t emphasize enough how effective this type of strategy can be. Slowly but surely your entire mindset can be transformed. And reading what others are grateful for always put a smile on my face! Smiling releases “feel good” endorphins! So it was a double win! I had tried to do this on my own many times in the past, but I wouldn’t be consistent. I would do it for a few days then forget about it.
At Least One Good Thing
Nowadays, even with regards to my training, I always find at least one thing that I am grateful for even when my workouts don’t go as planned, when I have little aches/pains and when I look back at the entire year that I was injured and not even able to walk. I have started to use a daily training journal that is helping me stay positive, focused, calm, and most of all very grateful for every foot strike, every conquered workout, every day that I get to run, and every personal best.
How do you stay grateful? Please share, you never know who you are helping and inspiring!