Often when we think of gratitude it is appreciation for what we have. The people who are precious to us, things in our life, and the Earth for all she provides. Yet, how many of us include gratitude for being who we are in the mix?
When we aren’t appreciating ourselves fully, something unexpected happens. We diminish the value of ourself and in the process diminish the value of the impact we have on others. As a result, we discount the effect our life has on the world.
Let’s face it, the messages telling us that who we are matters or that we are truly amazing beings aren’t as plentiful as the negative messaging. Additionally, life has many priorities that demand our attention, so it’s easy to dismiss the value within. But, the benefits of acknowledging and accepting gratitude for self are immense.
At the core, gratitude for self creates clarity within because appreciating who you are means you know who you are and the value you add to life. Then, it becomes easy to recognize the profound impact your life has on others. As a result, you can perceive your accomplishments and achievements instead of dismissing them.
Gratitude for oneself instills a feeling of self-respect and honor, which bubbles over in how you treat other people. You get to feel good from the inside out and the ripple effect is so do the people around you because you will naturally life them up.
The bottom line is – how we feel about ourselves impacts how we show up in the world, how we interact with others and the overall sense of satisfaction we feel about our lives.
5 Clues of Self-Gratitude
#1: You Can Smile That You Are You
This may sound silly, but when you think about being yourself, can you smile and feel a sense of “thank you God/Spirit/Source for making me me”? There is a sense of value, self-worth and self-respect that accompanies the ability to smile about who you are.
On the flip side, when we aren’t feeling gratitude for who we are – it sounds more like this – “why do I have to see this, be that, or know…? What is wrong with me?” Wanting to be someone else is another clue that the self needs more gratitude. There will never be another you to grace this planet with your unique ways. You are essential. Smile that you are you, the world needs you for all you are!
#2: You Accept Your Life Has An Expiration Date
The truth is from the day we are born, all of us are one step closer to our last day as a human being. Not to be morbid, but it’s a fact. Our bodies as of now do not live forever. Accepting that adds value to each day because we can appreciate life and live each day to the fullest.
On the other hand, when we aren’t accepting the value of our time, we aren’t appreciating our lives either. Instead we waste precious moments allowing time to slip by wishing we were different. However, the value we have to share is essential now!
#3: You Can Learn From Your Mistakes
Ok, that may not be on your list of gratitude, but think of it this way – we all make mistakes because we are all learning. Life is an opportunity for continual growth and new experiences. The only way to master a skill set or ability is to practice. In other words, making mistakes is part of the learning process.
When we aren’t able to learn from our mistakes, we hold ourselves hostage to the past and fear living. Punishing ourselves through self-sabotage as if we do not deserve to be happy. Sometimes we need to be able to laugh at ourselves for making mistakes. It means we have willingness to try new things, to expand our horizons and stretch ourselves.
#4: You Know Your Life Makes A Difference Where You Are
Everyone of us is a patchwork in the quilt of humanity. All of us are essential. When we recognize the interconnectedness of our souls, it becomes obvious that every life makes a difference. How we treat ourselves, how we treat others, how we choose to be of service — all of it makes a difference right where we are.
We don’t have do something on a grand scale to make the world a brighter happier place. Being who we are, where we are, as we are — sharing our love and light with others that is our purpose. Knowing this means you feel gratitude for the difference you are already making and have already created.
#5: You Accept You Are Different
Our differences are our greatest assets. We are all created to be unique – just look at our fingerprints. We are not clones. Instead we are independent thinkers, innovative beings, individuals. Each born with a special ability, talent or trait to share. Accepting your differences from others means recognizing your own gifts. Then you can share them.
Telling ourselves that being different is bad or comparing ourselves to others is a form of sabotage. The qualities each of us has that make us one-of-a-kind are essential. Imagine building a house and only having electricians on hand. Would you want to live in a house that didn’t have an engineer, construction crew, plumbers, roofers, etc but was only constructed by electricians? Sure we’d have great lighting, but no solid foundation. Every skill set and talent is needed! Be grateful for who you are and what you have to share!
#Self4World Challenge – Week 4 – Gratitude
Gratitude for self is an important key to understanding our purpose, appreciating our gifts and sharing ourselves with the world. This week we will be actively practice gratitude for self.
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This week, practice having gratitude for yourself. Look for personal accomplishments and achievements that you may not have acknowledged before.
Observe the world around you, what is the affect of deepening your own self-gratitude?
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Tell us, how is the exercise impacting you? What are you learning, opening to receive, or accepting into your life? Are you experiencing a shift in people around you? Share it with us.
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