The Hectic Holidays

I have always been a fan of the holiday season. Every year I look forward to the hustle and bustle of all things holiday but recently the holidays have become a source of anxiety. The holiday shift begins after Halloween with an increased number of people shopping, the pace people have is much faster and the changing weather which for me involves cold, snow and ice have become a concern for my physical safety. However, I can’t help but love this time of year. People are out with their families, friends, and others creating memories, some good and some bad for a lifetime. I feel like the holidays are a break from thinking about the tough day to day issues we all have to deal with in our lives. Even though I cannot experience it the way I did in the past, I still find joy in the new traditions that I have created to replace the ones my chronic illness will no longer allow me to participate in. As I move into the winter and holiday season, I am hopeful that things will go well and I am thankful and grateful to be able to the do the things mentally and physically for another year because next year I may not be so lucky. I will leave you with this quote “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Power Of Gratitude

We all have bad days when you have a disease. On these days it has always been tough for me to stay positive. Today I noticed something different, I no longer felt upset about having a bad day.This was very surprising to me. I wondered, what was the difference in my life? I was grateful for the challenge I was having today. The power of gratitude created a shift from a negative state of mind to a positive one.  Meditation teaches us to be mindful and grateful therefore, I have been working on both aspects which have helped me manage my negative feelings better than before. This was a major shift from what I normally thought about on those days. I slowed my pace down and started to accept that I am unable to change this feeling but I am at peace with the fact that this is my challenge for that day. I noticed that being grateful for the little things even on a bad day can change my perspective and change the amount of stress and anxiety I feel on those days. I no longer feel frustrated with myself and I am more focused on listening to my body and trying to nourish and nurture my body and soul to recover as quickly as possible. I am grateful for what is  good even on a bad day. This makes  all the difference not only for me but for the people in my life. I think that on bad days we impact the people around us as well. I think I am starting to understand the power of gratitude and appreciation for the people in my life and I think that energy has a healing and positive effect on me and the others around me. Today I am working on being more grateful for the challenge and appreciate the people in my life. I suggest you try this for yourself and you will see how quickly a bad day can become a good one. I will leave you with this quote “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose