Gratitude

via Daily Prompt: Gratitude

I am a believer in the idea of being grateful for the positive things that happen in life.  It is a great tool for shifting a “bad day” into a good one.  It can be humbling to think about all the things that truly are blessings that I sometimes take for granted.

I am comfortable with gratitude for the positive things in my life – I am contemplating gratitude for the negative things in my life.  This is more of an abstraction but almost certainly one that can help me on my path to personal growth.

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What am I grateful for in this (fill in the blank with a negative word) situation?

Dig deep. Find Something.  Anything.  What did I learn?  How can I grow from this?  Instead of a scar this can be a reminder – a reminder that things get better; a reminder to trust my instincts.

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.”
Anthony Robbins
Lately I have been in a funk and feeling angry a lot.  Am I forgetting to be grateful?  Do I need to view the things that frustrate or vex me from a perspective of how they are good for me?
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The path is not always easy

There are things and people that make life frustrating.  Channeling that energy into something positive makes us stronger.

Resolve to Evolve

via Daily Prompt: Tentative

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Don’t wait until next Tuesday – Invest in Yourself Now!

Over the past few years I have been on a personal journey of self- development and improvement.  This has included small measurable goals like reading more and getting at least 10,000 steps each day.  It has also involved getting to know myself better by acknowledging the feedback that my body is giving me.  There is more harmony in accepting that I can decide what I enjoy and don’t have to make anyone else happy.

As I sought out information and improvement I found a great website where anyone can take inexpensive and even free courses from amazing schools like MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley.

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Here is the link to the site for those who are interested

https://www.edx.org/

I love to write and found a course from the University of Queensland in Australia on English grammar.  I enjoy history and politics and found a phenomenal American government course on HarvardX.   There are courses on a wide range of topics and the other students are all over the world.

Every day we all have the opportunity to learn and evolve.  This is not limited to mastering tasks on the job or checking boxes on a to-do list.  Learning doesn’t need to be expensive – it could and should include going to the library and borrowing books or using Wi-Fi to take a free class.  There are podcasts and audio books.  There is an abundance of information available for those who seek to learn.

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Investing time and energy into learning every day is beneficial on many levels.  It will give you advantages in your professional life as well as in your personal life.  There are resources to learn everywhere and instead of waiting until it is convenient just go for it.

 

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”
― Pelé