The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times. -Zig Ziglar
Across the span of the past week or so, a series of events in my personal life has made me admit that I’ve been guilty of being ungrateful. All my focus has been going outwards to other people around me that I’ve slacked on the work that I should be doing inwards. What a horrible realization to know that you are ungrateful. It hit me like a wall of bricks. I don’t want to be an ungrateful woman. I don’t want to be that person. What kind of an example am I setting for people around me, for clients, even for myself.
Now, in my defense… (it’s my blog, so yes I totally get to defend myself all I want) … I have been so worried about so many things personally and professionally that it was just too much to handle. My obsessive compulsive perfectionist self is disillusioned with how much I can take in one go. My mind wants to make me go go go and my body can’t ever catch up, thus the health problems surfacing as well. But alas, what use is it being an empowerment coach if I can’t utilize all the tools I have to yank myself out of that state and back into my ‘happy bubble’.
What to do? What to do?
It’s been going around in my head for the last few days and I thought I should do something radical to shift things around. I want to get back to being happily centered and grounded, and to take on Zig Ziglar’s advice, I’m going to do that through gratitude. I am going to take the next 7 days (not necessarily consecutively) and express sincere gratitude for 7 people who have changed, impacted, inspired, motivated or shaped my life in the ways that they did. Whether positively or negatively, their impact has made me the person who I am today. For that I am thankful. I’m going to blog it so I can keep myself publicly accountable.