“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
Growing up many of us experienced periods of low self worth and didn’t think we were good enough. Now that our life has evolved, however, we see these past struggles from a place of gratitude. We understand growth and struggles serve a greater purpose, and we can be grateful for the blessings the universe offers.
In the context of a pandemic, it’s never been more timely to consider the power of gratitude and support. We all need a friend, a helping hand and a supportive community, and developing these connections and bonds forges positive mental health and wellbeing.
So how does giving and being grateful help us on a day-to-day basis, and how do we achieve this?
Honesty is better than any sugar-coated empty compliment because it supports healthy relationships. Thoughtful and deliberate words will make someone’s day and boost morale – offering encouraging words or simply showing up for loved ones and friends can be life-changing. Constructive feedback (when required) might be the magic of the moment, and being real and genuine helps. Jim Carey says, “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.”
Focusing on the good
Know that we have the strength and tools to support those who are feeling isolated, frustrated or trapped. An example is Sydney being locked down for months whilst those living in Perth haven’t been impacted the same way. Western Australian freedom is enormous, whilst Sydney people are contained. In Australia, we will all know someone in a less fortunate space than ourselves, and offering support is one way to give during these times of abnormality. Wise words via phone calls, messages, virtual zoom hugs, Zoom parties or a virtual chat and cuppa (or wine) might be all the support it takes. These connections have been saving people’s lives. Focusing on the good is key – we know that globally things are moving forward, and this too shall pass. Even if we have a sense of guilt because we feel more fortunate than others, this is the perfect time to reach out and support friends, colleagues and loved ones. We are able to make a difference.
This one is simple, but the most powerful. We will be better at being grateful when we give ourselves the space to celebrate ourselves for what we do and for who we are in this world. Of course, at times we’ll have negative judgments about what could be better, or how different something could have been done, however let’s choose to celebrate all we have achieved and received.
In the tough times, being grateful is a rare gift to have, and the ability to help others is even rarer. Thank and be thankful – this will ultimately give us the ability to live in a state of wellbeing no matter what the circumstances.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie