Step 1: Before trying to give thanks, forgive <fill in the blank> for whatever they’ve done/not done and/or whatever you think they’ve done/not done. It actually doesn’t make a difference which one it is. Just forgive them. That doesn’t mean whatever they’ve done/not done was ok. But not forgiving them is toxic.
Step 2: Go outside. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining/snowing/sunny/whatever. Go outside and look up at the sky and for just one moment, truly get how insignificant each and every one of us are. We’re like little bugs crawling all over this planet. Keep it all in perspective. I mean ALL of it.
Step 3: Look in the mirror. Really look. See that person staring back at you? You’re stuck with them for the rest of your life. Smile at the person in the mirror. Be nice to them. Now remember how you are the author of your own life. You get to decide how it all turns out. Even if you’re just a bug on the planet.
Step 4: Take an 8 oz glass and put 4 oz of water in it. Look at the glass. It is half full. Remember that it is half full. Drink the water. It’s much easier to be thankful when you’re hydrated.
Step 5: Be thankful. Just do it. Be thankful. It’s not really difficult. It’s a choice. Like forgiving. Like consciously being humble or remembering to love yourself or staying hydrated and optimistic. Be thankful.
Personally, I’m thankful for my family, friends, clients, and colleagues; so grateful that I have such amazing people in my life. Now, tell me something that you’re thankful for.
Sending happy Thanksgiving thoughts your way, my lovelies!