Find Time to Recharge with Gratitude!

ContemplationFinding time to feel gratitude is always a big plus – no matter what your circumstances or situation.  In these hard times, it is especially meaningful to pause, at Thanksgiving, or any time, to appreciate the gifts that make our lives special.  They may be large or small – it is how our hearts greet and hold them that matters.

I shared 5 insights about this in an article titled “Time Management Tips: 5 Insights on How to Recharge Your Energy With Gratitude” and I’d like to share one, in particular, here – it is so fundamental!

As you appreciate yourself, so you can appreciate others.

You are the base on your life. And you can only give what you have. Imagine a well full of water. It is easy to draw from that source. Now imagine a dry well. It has no water; therefore, it cannot give any water. So allow time in your day to acknowledge your humanity, and warmly validate your efforts to care for yourself and for others. Deep inside, you are always listening to the messages you give yourself.

Indeed, this insight about gratitude reminds me of a wonderful, brief story that I remember hearing from a client:

‘A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: ‘Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.’ When asked which dog wins, he reflected a moment and replied, ‘The one I feed the most.”

It is an interesting question to ponder – what we feed in ourselves.

As we move toward Thanksgiving and its season of gratitude, may your wellsprings of energy and thanks be primed by warm appreciation for yourself!

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