You’ve heard it.
“Find something you’re grateful for.”
“Write down three things a day you're grateful for.”
Gratitude has become the end-all, cure-all practically.
When you’re drowning in fear, overwhelm and despair… it’s a little hard to find.
I remember last fall, I was having a very bad day that was part of a very difficult couple of months.
As a coach, and living my life pretty publicly on social media, I am committed to authenticity.
Which gets tough when you’re in an extended crisis.
I want to be real and… who wants to listen to a life coach who’s depressed!?
On this particular day, I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t see any end to my challenges. And this delightful person, whom I love, said the dreaded words… “Find something to be grateful for!”
I wanted to slap her!! (We were on the phone, which saved both of us from knowing if I would have!)
She insisted. That’s the way she is.
After several minutes… I succumbed. I really just wanted to get her off the phone and go back to my despair.
And then, I felt it.
A tiny shift.
Damn it! This gratitude thing works! I had forgotten.
I thought of two or three really simple things. I think the first thing I thought of was, “I’m breathing.” Which lead me to seeing something in the room I was in that I thought was pretty. Which led me to thinking of the person I was staying with and how grateful I was to be staying with her.
And there you have it. It didn’t solve all my problems. I still had a bunch of shit hitting the fan. There still wasn’t any end in sight as far as that shit went, but…
I felt a release.
I felt a little lighter.
My mind calmed down.
And from there I decided what to do next.
I don’t really remember what I did. I might have decided to take a nap, or a shower, or watch inspirational videos on YouTube, but I did something different than drown in my fear.
Damn it. Maybe gratitude is the end-all, cure-all!
Gratitude is one of the many tools we’ll be unpacking and mastering during my four-week coaching program, From Darkness to Light. Instead of wishing hard-times would magically leave, we’re taking them head-on! We’ll stare fear in the fucking face and win.
The mantra for the program is, “There’s no power outside of you greater than the power inside of you!” For those of you in the program, you’ll leave knowing that is true!!
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What is your experience with gratitude? If you don’t have one. Try it. Tell me what happens!