Last week I wrote about my own journey to embracing self – love in What Do You See? This week I would like to focus on another aspect of self – love and that is gratitude. When I began my journey of self – love it came from a negative place. I would exercise because I ‘had’ to lose weight; my relationship with food was full of anxiety (it is still something I am fighting). I had to heal and grow to be able to shift my thinking to the positives rather than the negatives. To come from a place of gratitude that flows out to all the areas of my life; not just my body.
To be honest I was in tears yesterday because I was scared of the New Year. Why? I was scared of not achieving anything; assuming I didn’t achieve anything this year, so next year would be the same. Mum suggested I make a list of all the good things that have happened this year thus far. It changed my perspective. I went looking for the good, positive and beautiful. The verdict? It has been a truly amazing year so far. I shared part of my story to three different audiences with overwhelmingly positive responses, I achieved some health and fitness goals and my friend got married, are among the highlights.
Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
I realised through this simple but effective activity that I needed to get more specific in gratitude in areas of my life that I struggle with, such as where I live.
What are three things you like about your body?
What are three things you like about your personality?
What are three talents you have that you like?
What are three things you like about where you live?
What are three things you like about how you spend your time?
What are three characteristics that you like about your friends that you share?
What are three things you like about your relationship status?
Yes it is super easy for me to list the negatives but it is making a deliberate choice to focus on the positives. If I do, I feel not only grateful but more happiness, peace and hope. I want to encourage you to look at the positives about yourself and your life and all the things you can be grateful for.