Thankful Thursday Holdiay Edition 2014

winter woodsMore and more I am learning that being in a state of gratitude is such an antidote to unhappiness, stress, anxiety, you name it. With that in mind, I think it’s high time for the 2015 Thankful Thursday Holiday Edition! 🙂

Be grateful. Be grateful every day. Get still and cultivate a feeling of appreciation for yourself, your body, your mind, your life. Being alive feels so wonderful. Feel the rhythm of your breath, listen to your heartbeat as you sit quietly.

Just take a few minutes as you read this post and let yourself feel appreciative and happy. That is the feeling of being grateful. When you are grateful, you are in a very positive mindset. This is a powerful way to live, and it protects you from all unhappiness…

I am grateful for my body.

You have one body. You were born with this body of yours and it will be with you until the day you die.

Respect your body, enjoy your body, love your body, feed, clean, and heal your body. Exercise and do what makes your body feel good. This is a puja to your body, and that is a communication between you and God.

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements.

I am grateful to have so many friends.

This year I am noticing when my inner voice wants to play the old tapes about me not having friends, being unlikable, or when it wants to beat me up for mistakes I made with friends in the past. I can do something wonderful instead of letting the feelings overtake me. Lately I notice when the voice starts and I let it go. I don’t argue with it. Instead I focus my attention on my life today, and all the people in it I have to be grateful for.

I work with so many kind and wonderful people. Since I work 40 hours a week now, I am with them a lot! I think highly of all of them- which is a change for me. My old mo was to judge everyone and feel distant. Now I focus on being happy and being kind. I keep my attitude pleasant and light. And guess what? It all returns to me. Life just keeps getting easier in this respect.

I have friends to eat with every day in the lunch room. Just by walking in. I don’t make it a big deal like I used to in the past- worrying about who will talk to me or not. I just sit wherever there is a seat and contentedly eat my lunch. Conversation is natural and just flows. It is wonderful for this not to be a big deal anymore. It is even more wonderful to sit and be around people and share a meal with them every day. It is very, very cool!

I have gone to 3 -count em, three!- holiday parties this year. Just by showing up and being nice every day I found myself invited to 3 parties. I went to each one, prepared beforehand to be happy and had a nice time at each one.

I am grateful to learn a better way to deal with overwhelm

I am learning to be happy and appreciative during the day, even when I am overwhelmed. The other day I had an instance where I could feel myself getting overwhelmed – as I had 2 patients all at once and a third being taken care of by a new nurse, so I had my ear on that one too. I could feel the strong emotion of overwhelm starting to overtake my body. Instead of becoming emotional, I chose to notice the feeling and breathe through it. I focused intently on the present moment and only what I had to do in each moment. “Just take care of the patients, and be kind” is what I told myself.

I learned something about me that I hadn’t known before- it isn’t necessary for me to be an asshole when I am overwhelmed with a difficult assignment. In fact, being short and angry with others- how I always used to act- only serves to distance me while I am dealing with the rough situation at hand, and makes me feel awful afterward. By staying kind, the difficult situation passed and afterward I didn’t feel ashamed of my behavior. I didn’t feel like crying, instead I just felt normal. Now that was a real blessing!

When I notice someone at work getting overwhelmed or having a bad day, I know I have felt that way before. I know how easy it is to have self pity and to be stressed and overwhelmed. I can be kind to them and not judge them, and keep going about my day.

I have had 2 very stressful things happen in my life recently. My husband was hospitalized for 5 days and yesterday he found his company is eliminating the division he works for- this affects about 500 people, not just us. So next year will bring a lot of changes.

My job now- and I would say always- is to remain in a state of gratitude and kindness. This is the best way for me to meet any hardship and live through it.

I am grateful for this time of year.

Boy do I love Christmas. I love everything about it- the sights, the smells, all the delicious food, the songs. how people are just nicer wherever you go. Yesterday I was getting my hair colored and they had a Christmas station on- it was playing all these old Christmas tunes. It was so nice.

About 10 years ago I stopped sending Christmas cards- except for the close family. This year I decided to do cards again. Yesterday I when I was about to sit down to start, I felt depressed about my husband’s job news. I could feel myself wanting to lay down on the couch.

I’ll make a cup of tea and just do one card, I thought. Well 3 boxes later I had a stack of beautiful cards written out for all my friends at work and I felt so much better. There was glitter from the cards all over the place, including my face and hair. I looked like a disco queen. 🙂

I hope as you read through this post, you can see yourself in my situations as they apply in your life. And see how perhaps you can try to live in a state of appreciation and gratitude. See how that makes life easier, delicious, happy.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas filled with health and happiness!

Do you love this time of year too? Tell me, what can you be grateful for today?

I wish you peace,

Jill G.

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4 Responses to Thankful Thursday Holdiay Edition 2014

  1. Tonya says:

    Great post Jill! I’m so very sorry to hear about your husband, I hope he is feeling better, bet he was glad to have a wife as a nurse to take care of him. I really hope and pray the job situation isn’t going to affect him. I’m so proud of you for being grateful in difficult situations and staying positive! I think you hit it right on the money that this is the way to happiness and a way to ease our anxiety. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I am learning to take things one day at a time and not to stress about the future, it is a process. God has a plan for us! Take care!

    • JillG says:

      Hi Tonya,
      So nice to hear from you! 🙂 Thank you for the kind words, Bob is doing much better. Regarding the job, it is what it is, we will get through it. Staying focused on gratitude and staying present is going to be key.

      So glad to hear you are learning to take it one day at a time. You’re right- it is a process, and the reward is a happier, healthier version of you! 🙂

      Yes, God does have a plan for us, and I am looking forward to it.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

      Love and hugs xxx

  2. Marilyn says:

    I am grateful you are my frien. Happy Christmas and joy and peace to you and yours. Luv maz. Xxx

    • JillG says:

      Wishing you every joy and blessing this Christmas to you and your dear ones, Maz. I am grateful you are my friend. Thank you for always being there.

      And health and happiness to you and yours in 2015!

      Love and hugs xxx

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