“As human beings our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mohandas Gandhi.
Today I find myself renewed after having spent some time in gratitude. I am truly grateful for the many blessings in my life. Here are some that come to mind.
- I am grateful to have a safe and secure home.
- I am grateful for friends who listen, support and hang with me.
- I am grateful for an amazing body that reminds me when I’m on track.
- I am grateful for our DreamCrafters group. Thanks for your support and inspiration.
- I am grateful for the freedom to travel.
This morning I was feeling drawn to email a friend with some suggestions, nay advice. Playing the scene in my mind I felt a little compulsive. Then, after spending some time in gratitude this morning, I remembered the idea that what we see in others is what we need to address in ourselves. Next came the memory of how I have felt the most empowered when I was offered acceptance for exactly who I am. So I decided to let go of advising my friend. I’m sure he’ll be fine on his own.
Our acceptance is far more empowering than our advice, no matter how well intended. This is especially true when the person hasn’t asked for the advice! Have you ever thought that you knew what is best for someone else? Be careful, minefields lay ahead on that path! Thankfully, I remembered to look for how this advice applied to me. What I discovered is that I’ve been off track from too much outside input. The advice to my friend was to be gentle, allow some time to integrate, back off the need to keep doing, and keep your own counsel.
This is exactly what I need, not my friend. I’ve been pushing myself to be perfect in my journey to joy. Requiring daily doses of gratitude, more feeling, blogging 3 times a week, clarifying my purpose, making more money, reaching out to new friends, and keeping up with daily life. I’m tired just writing this. We are very driven creatures. I wonder what would happen if we allowed more space in our lives for relaxing and being? I suspect that we would find a lot more peace and satisfaction.
My wisdom is saying slow down, enjoy fall, play, and be in gratitude. All great ideas which I intend to follow, after I write this blog! Truth is I took a little break to walk around the neighborhood, soaking up the beauty of fall. And I’m planning a day of gratitude. I’ll let you know how that goes.