Week 4, Day 6 – Make a Difference
(original post from October 2015)
The satire news organization, The Onion, had a funny article around the beginning of the year. It really made me chuckle. When I tried to look it up this morning, I couldn’t seem to find the original article, but found this one instead. It’s pretty close to what I remember reading: http://www.theonion.com/…/new-study-finds-majority-of-gods-…
The sentence that says, “those divine blessings that manage to make it through the atmosphere typically fall harmlessly into the ocean without humans even realizing it,” is really what caught my attention. It grabbed my attention so much, it’s a concept that has stuck with me for the last nine months. If I think back to where I was when we started this journey 27 days ago, I realize that it stuck with me for so long because that’s exactly how I felt. I felt like the blessings that were intended for me (or deserved by me) were just missing me and landing somewhere else. Or, rather, on everyone else around me. I was constantly comparing my ‘good things’ to others’, and feeling shortchanged. It was really hard for me to see many of the blessings I had, because my eyes were glazed with comparison.
I’ve never been one that is good at ‘bragging’ about myself, or what I have, or what’s going on with my family, etc. Bragging has such a negative connotation, doesn’t it? Well, what I’ve learned about myself, is that ‘bragging’ attitude I’ve always tried to look down on, is probably a big reason why I’ve felt I’ve missed out on some of life’s blessings. It’s not that I want to encourage an attitude of bragging here, but I do want to make another point about cultivating a grateful heart.
When we see / hear our friends, colleagues, family, and acquaintances ‘bragging’ about something, what if we jumped in there with them and helped them see all those things in their life as the wonderful blessings they are? What if we stopped the negative thoughts in our own mind that wants to know why we don’t have that too, and instead, genuinely celebrated in the good things of others?!
Now, I may only be speaking for myself here, but many times, I find myself wanting to roll my eyes when I hear people ‘bragging.’ I know now, that stems from my own unhappiness and lack of gratitude. It really has nothing to do with the other person, and my own insecure feelings about my life are shining through my attitude. To really be able to make a difference, I need to build a strong foundation of gratitude that will allow me to see the good things in other people’s life as something to celebrate, as opposed to using it as something to beat myself up over in a false comparison.
Finding opportunities for unity and seeking out daily inspiration are changing my heart and chipping away the ice, one piece at a time. I can joyfully sit in my bay window, look out onto the little lake below and relish the greenery that surrounds me. Want to celebrate with me?
*Mindful Moments – Pick your favorite spot to relax. It can be anywhere that is easily accessible to you today – in your favorite chair, at the park, anywhere you can relax and feel inspired. Just sit and look at everything around you. Sit until you are at peace and smiling like a goofy person. Are you feeling thankful for your surroundings? Are you ready to share your joy with others today? Stand, stretch and walk away happy.
*Grateful Graces – What are you thankful for today?
to be continued…
New to the series? No problem. Start the 28-day journey to renewing your Spirit of Giving from the beginning with Week 1 – Learning the Basics , Week 2 – An Attitude of Gratitude – OR – Week 3 – Livin’ by Forgivin’.