Sunday, April 17, 2016

GRATITUDE

What's it all about?


I was first introduced to the concept of ‘gratitude’ by a friend who proclaimed that it had done wonders for her outlook on life. When you delve deeper into what it’s about, you can see why it may have had this effect; gratitude, allegedly, is partly about focusing on the things that make you happy in life instead of concentrating your thoughts on the negative things that make you unhappy. In Wikipedia terms it’s defined as, ‘the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’, and in the publication Psychology Today, it is described as ‘an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants’.  In recent months, my social media feed has been somewhat inundated with statements about how important gratitude is to your success in life and business.

Why have I taken a bit of interest in this? Well, I will admit, despite my job being predominantly about enlightening and empowering people to make healthy lifestyle changes, I do not feel I focus enough on my own personal development. I know I probably expend too much energy thinking about some of the negative things going on in my life, and a week doesn't go by that I don’t adversely think about what I want and what I don’t have; sometimes this can make me a little dejected and sometimes it’s just a very quick passing thought whilst waiting for the train or a client. Either way, I can see how this type of thinking could potentially be destructive if I allowed it to be, and therefore I’m on a mission to explore and embrace this concept of gratitude a little more not only for me, but also possibly for the benefit of my clients. I've been encouraged to start with a Gratitude Journal. I’d love to hear about any of your journeys or thoughts on the concept of gratitude

Can I be flippant in all of this for a moment and say that I’m very grateful for being the lucky winner of one of my favourite fashion blogger’s (5 Inch and Up) give-away. I received this delightful pair of these bang-on-trend Aldo Rise mules; now I just need to get my toe nails painted and wait for the sunnier climes.


Later x

9 comments:

  1. Good evening Colleen! Well, it has truly been a pleasant reading since you are talking about something Im trying to focus more in my everyday thoughts. You know, I think we are often "busy" to notice what we dont have that we miss the chance to appreciate not only the istant but also the real things we already have, that maybe one day we could loose just for taking them for granted. I agree, Im trying to be more thankful and grateful, when u reach that level of mind, ur life really starts to change and in better:) And u see, a huge well done on ur winning, well deserved!:) Looking forward to see them on u! Kisses Colleen! xo

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    1. It's true we are often too busy to notice and appreciate what we have and take things for granted but it's funny how we can sometimes make time to notice what we dont have eeek! Good luck with your efforts x

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  2. Dear Colleen, I loved your post! And the mules, congratulations, loooved them! Yes, pretty summery! Well, about gratitude. I am always posting quotes about that, I follow the principle of gratitude, for several reasons. First, because yes, I think we have so much in life and many times people take it for granted, but no, in my opinion, wee should be grateful - we are lucky. How many would like to be able to study, to travel, to have nice things to wear, not to mention to have something to EAT? To have a shelter? So I am grateful for all that. To have a family, to be able to see, to walk... I don't take things for granted. I wasn't like that all my life, but now I am and it makes things more beautiful. I may sound boring, but I firmly believe in gratitude! We all have our moments of thinking "I want this or that, why this or that", it's normal. But they pass :) Such a lovely post, Colleen!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Interesting to read that it has been a journey of change for you too Denise. Thank you for sharing your experiences x

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  3. Great Post dear Colleen. Gratitude is very big in my thought, especially at the moment. So many people live in war or on the run. Leave their country without nothing. I'm full of gratitude for living in relative safe country, I have a home and a job. Sometimes in difficult situations I forget my luck for the moment, but just for a little moment.

    Congratulations for these amazing sandals. I can't wait to see you with it. Have a nice week

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    1. Yes, and it's always in difficult situations that the negative thoughts and feelings can start to consume you. Thanks for your thoughts Cla x

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  4. Heart-warming post :) You made me think about how and when I first learned about the concept of gratitude. I can't remember of course. All I know is that it has always been instilled in me by my folks. I feel rich when I'm full of gratitude. I think about having things and people in my life that I never thought I'll have. There are so many other things I want and may not get, but I'm grateful nonetheless as working towards them and learning along the way makes me a better person especially when I fail. I feel sorry for people who constantly complain about what they don't have. It consumes them. I don't want to be consumed by my inadequacies. Thank you for sharing :) Shall we go to Dubai? Hahahaha. Just out of the blue question. I'll be back there towards the end of the year. Hope you're having a good week so far xx

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    1. "I'm grateful nonetheless as working towards them and learning along the way makes me a better person especially when I fail" - I love this and it's so true. I replied to you about your Dubai offer, definitely hold that thought! xx

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  5. Wonderful post!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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