Gratitude

 

Gratitude
Gratitude is a powerful word! Today I would like to inspire you to be grateful! It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday activities and stress that we often forget to stop and be grateful for even the smallest of things. I am home recovering from knee replacement surgery. It’s been a week and yesterday I woke up feeling grumpy and frustrated. As I lay back in my bed after putting ice on for the 100 billionth time in a week, I looked to my left and the sun was shining in so bright and beautiful,  I felt guilty for being so grumpy! I pulled out of it immediately. I remembered despite everything, I had so many things to be grateful for. God puts so many things in our life, we just have to stop and remember! What are you grateful for today?

10 Ways to Build Your Self Esteem

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1. Be nice to yourself; this means taking care of all basic needs every day and never using negativity or name calling to yourself.

2. Use positive affirmations every day. Things such as, “I am worthwhile, I matter, I love myself, I am important. I encourage you to do these in from of a mirror 2 or 3 times a day.

3. Accept compliments by simply saying, “thank you.”

4. Find somewhere to volunteer. I guarantee it will make you feel better.

5. Find a cheerleader; someone who will support you and help you realize that you matter. Someone who will continually encourage you.

6. Do something nice for yourself every day. A hot bath, a good book, a walk, it can be anything of your choosing that is just for youl

7. Explore new things. Make a list of everything you’ve ever wanted to do. Separate the list into two columns. One is things I could do right now, the other is things I hope eventually to do. It could be joining a club, organization, etc., taking a class, finding a new hobby, even if you find you don’t like what you’ve tried, that’s okay. Remember this is the exploring stage.

8. Always remember that you always pick yourself up. Even if you feel like you failed, if you are still working on it, that means you got back up as many times as you failed.

9. Surround yourself with positive people. You become who you spend the most time with. Make sure it is good things.

10. Every night write down 5 things you were grateful for that day. It can be big or small. Even something as simple as the sun was out.

This is a start. I hope that you will try working on some of these things. Too many people don’t believe they are worthy or equal to others. I am here to tell you that is a big lie. You do matter, you are important and you deserve the best.

Take care,

Julie

Living With Eyes Wide Open

 

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It does make a difference what you call things. –Kate Douglas Wiggin…… Most of us think of dandelions as weeds. We buy special tools and poisons when they crop up and complain about them as surely as we welcome the spring that brings them. Yet is there anything more lovely than a sea of yellow dandelions by the side of the road in June? Or as remarkable in transformation as the filaments of the mature dandelion blowing on the wind? Sometimes we let someone else define for us what are weeds and what are flowers. We don’t have to. Much of the beauty of the world is that we ourselves decide what is beautiful according to our own feelings. How lucky we are that, when we choose to, we can open our eyes and see! Can I see the beauty in those around me right now?

I found this as part of a daily meditation that gets sent to my email. I really thought the words were inspiring. As many of you know I am a mental health therapist. I work with people every day trying to help them see that feelings are just feelings. Nothing to be afraid of….and did you know that most feeling change about every 20 minutes. I work to help people look for the positives in their life and most important to create a list of things they are grateful for. I think this would help ALL of us to do every day. (Sometimes I have to put myself in the other chair to remind myself what I need to do!!) So I challenge you today. What are you looking at as a weed? Or are you letting someone else define for you what are weeds in your life! Take charge of your life and your feelings and look for beauty in even the simplest of things. I like to call it “Living with Eyes Wide Open.” When you really start looking…sometimes “weeds” can be the most beautiful thing out there!!

I hope you have an inspiring, inspirational, lovely Wednesday!!

Julie