This week’s guest blogger is a woman whom I aspire to be like. There is simply something about the way she leads her life. How she writes & writes (seemingly without stopping) and all of it so thought provoking.
Each time I visit her blog I’m more drawn to my writer-roots and, sometimes, think that MizFit’s lifespan may be shortened as a result.
Then I remember Im not as talented as she
and return to my fitness snarking. For today anyway.
I give you Leah.
Here’s a wee bit of stuff about me.
Find me at The Goat’s Lunch Pail.
I’m a freelance writer and former newspaper reporter. I’ve written and submitted a few book manuscripts, but nothing on the shelves yet.
I’m a certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist with additional training in Past-Life Regression. I’ve studied trance channeling and I’ve got First Degree Reiki and Beginner’s Level Therapeutic Touch.
Both my husband and I like to travel and we’ve been managed to get to a few places over the years. My goal in life is to set foot on all seven continents. I’ve just got Africa and Antarctica to go. I’m only 50.
I’ve barely gotten warmed up.
Thanks again for letting me come over and mess on your floor.
Gratitude and Self-Acceptance.
Got trouble being grateful? Do you forget to do it? Or just not know how?
Or does it make you feel all stupid and funny?
Being grateful is easy. So’s getting past that feeling funny about it.
The simplest way is to forget all about saying thanks out loud or setting aside a specific time for it. It must come naturally or it’s not really gratitude.
Start small and just think the words. Don’t bother saying them out loud. No need to make a production out of it.
Just say a general thanks for the mere fact you got out of bed in the morning, or for the cup of coffee you had, or because the sun rose in the east this morning.
Think I’m kidding about that last one?
I’m not. Imagine how hosed we’d be if it didn’t.
As long as the sun’s coming up in the east the day’s a normal one. It might get weird later on, but you’ve got some stability at the start.
If your family is one that say Grace or the like at meals, then that’s a really good base for expressing gratitude.
Think about the words as you recite them. Make pictures in your mind about the food. It grew in the soil before it got to your plate. The sun warmed it, and the rains nourished it.
It was collected, sorted, and sent to store where it was purchased by someone who did something to it so you could enjoy it. Plenty of people expended effort so you could eat.
Or was it you who did the shopping and the prep?
Maybe you even grew it.
Have you ever thanked yourself for it?
Let’s take care of that right now.
You look after yourself. Take a moment and say thanks. Think it privately if you like or look at your reflection and then say thank you to it. It’ll say thank you right back. Accept your thanks.
Be grateful to you for where you are right now. Whether it’s your physical location or something you’ve achieved in your life you did it.
You are responsible for the growth and change you’ve brought about in your life.
Perhaps you got help. Maybe you want to thank the person who put you on the right track, or gave you a hand up when you needed it.
Certainly, that’s great. You should say thanks for this. But no matter how many people reached out to you, you’ve still got to grasp that hand. If you did, then you made the choice to accept help and you worked with it.
You are responsible for where you are and where you’re going. The big part of self-acceptance is understanding this. If you don’t like it, then change. If you do like it, then thank the person who got you there –You.
Appreciate yourself and others will appreciate you, too. Be grateful for who you are because you are all you’ve got.
Thanks so much, Leah.
Ive absolutely, completely nothing to add—-your final sentence sums it all up perfectly.