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A Rant on Gratitude and Happiness

What’s on my mind…

Now that the new site is up (and my stress levels are down, whoo hoo!), I’m really looking forward to blogging up a storm and talking about everything involved in the three words: FIT, HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL.

Today gratitude is on my mind.  I truly believe gratitude is one of life’s hidden secrets to happiness since it’s way too easy to get caught up in what we don’t have instead of appreciating what we do.

I love being a woman because there is so much fun to be had, so many lessons to be learned, so much strength to work with, and so much beauty in our souls.  But sometimes, it’s just so hard.  When emotions creep up, when we make people “special” like Gabrielle Bernstein talks about in Add More ~ing.  It feels like a constant battle at times between ourselves and the rest of the world.

Millions of questions come up...Am I  right or am I being emotional?  Am I being reasonable or unreasonable?  Is it hypocritical to change my opinion about something? Why don’t people appreciate all the hard work I’m doing?  (poor me, right?)

When searching for the quote of the day for the Superwoman’s Handbook page on FB today, I decided on, “Only love is real.” from A Course in Miracles. It’s amazing to me how deep four words can penetrate when you need them.  And today I needed to remember that only love is real.

Not Real

…stupid things that get on my nerves? Not real, I’m making them a bigger deal than they really are.

…the rude or mean things I want to say to people in retaliation sometimes for their crappy behavior?  Not real, while it might make me feel better in that moment, in life and as a person I’d be taking a step backwards because I don’t believe in treating people that way (which wasn’t always true! I could be a real bitch sometimes).

…feeling sorry for myself that I have to spend so much time on things that don’t generate income to get me to the things that will?  Not real, that’s just my ego creeping up to sabotage all my recent success.

What is real?

The connections I’ve made the last several months with really amazing people who I’m learning from and who have given me clarity into what I want to do with my life.

Crying when I hang up the phone with my mom sometimes because I can’t believe there is a person on this planet who is that generous, believes in me so much and loves me more than I even love myself at times.

Everytime someone thanks me for helping them out.

Teaching and sharing my gifts and the lessons I learn with other people and getting to see them grow.

Appreciating everything I have instead of wallowing in what’s not perfect or ideal in my life.

(Notice how everything real stems from love!)

Final thoughts…

I talk about myself here and give my own examples because I don’t know yours, but I bet when you take the time to think about it, identify them and label them not real and real, life would get a whole lot happier, you’d feel a whole lot luckier, and may owe a few people some thank you messages, and a few others some apologies.

I’ll end with a great quote from Gabrielle Bernstein, that singed into my brain at her “F word” lecture back in July…”Would you rather be right or happy?”  I choose happy, it’s way more fun!


Comment below and share your thoughts so we can practice, grow and learn together! (No Spam please)

A Rant on Gratitude and Happiness
  • Andie

    I “love” this post because it’s a reminder of a great life perspective and more importantly, clarifies a few thoughts that have been running through my head for the past few days. As you know I have been in a long distance relationship for four years. Recently a few friends have been giving me advice about positive thinking and making your dreams come true. It occurred to me that there is this general concept that this distance keeps me down, that it is a problem in my life. But in evaluating the things that trouble me, it’s at the bottom of my list. Life has dealt us these sucky cards but it has not stopped me, or us, from being happy. I am grateful for having him in my life, for always being there, even if not physically, for some of the toughest times in my life. And if it wasn’t for positive thinking and a great deal of faith in love, we would never have made it this far for this long. So I am grateful. Every. Single. Day.

    • liz

      I love you Andie Pants! You’re one tough cookie 🙂