It’s that time of the year again when Americans get focused on all that we are thankful for in our lives. Thanks to social media, the call for gratitude scales on a global basis. Clearly, you don’t have to be American to give thanks in November. Now that I’m living in Australia, I see more clearly than ever before that it’s not a particular holiday that creates the space for gratitude but rather it’s the choices we make and a willingness to stop and appreciate the goodness in life. Australians are actually fantastic role models for slowing down enough to appreciate where you are. I’m grateful to live here because I’m still learning that skill.
Google, long ago, ceased to just be a company name and is now a verb. Want to know something? Just google it. It’s all there, at our fingertips 24/7. It’s amazing, almost anything you want to know not only has one or two articles written about it but approximately one zillion (give or take a few). Not only can you learn to grill a steak to perfection, get your newborn to sleep through the night and find the date for literally anything but also you can find the secret to living a fulfilling life.
Like you, I have a lot going on between work, family and personal commitments. I’ve let myself go deep in the frustration and aggression that the stress so easily brings out in me. I even started to believe the stress-filled Alli, and the gremlin on my shoulder, that there are no long-term pathways out of the stress to make the leap into positivity. In honor of World Gratitude Day on September 21st I decided to carve out five minutes to focus on gratitude and something shocking happened.