Tuesday 24 October 2017

Mindful moment… Gratitude is the new black

Accepting ourselves as we are is key
Accepting ourselves as we are is key

Marianne Power

Gratitude is the self-help buzz word at the moment and it's been annoying me. It reminds me of being told-off as a child and I'm fed up of every celeb under the sun who is busy claiming to be 'humbled' and 'thankful' in interviews. Gratitude is the new black, the new juicing, the new meditation. But I think the main reason it's annoying me is because I know it's something I am very bad at. I have so many blessings to count and yet I spend more time thinking of what I don't have. Life is good right now, but in my head I'm hurrying ahead.

I tell myself that I'll be happy when I finish the book I'm writing, when I have money, when I get a holiday… But I'm wishing my life away and it's shameful. I've come to realise that until we notice what we already have, and appreciate it and be thankful for it, nothing will ever be enough. One day I'll look back to today and see how great today was and until I learn to appreciate everything, as it is, right now, I don't deserve any more. I've said this before and I've always known it. But somehow, right now, it feels like the most important lesson for me to learn. And I don't think that I'm alone.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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