THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE: When life hands you lemons, you learn to make Gratitude Lemonade. Today, I'm pouring up a huge serving of it as I share my thoughts while recovering from back surgery. Yes, back surgery! Talk about being forced to slow down and just get real still with your thoughts -- being laid up literally flat on your back opens up all sorts of opportunities to either go the "poor me" route.... or "suck it up, buttercup, this ain't but a thang" journey. As you probably guessed, I'm taking the later option. I'm home now recovering (all went very well with my surgery) and I'm sitting here with my thoughts. Here's all I can think about -- GRATITUDE.
I am overwhelmed by it, honestly. It's Gratitude on steroids for me today.
Sitting in the pre-op for nearly 3 hours waiting for my surgery to be called, I listened to the many people coming in for their own procedures. My surgery was minor compared to the stories I heard on the other side of the curtains. People struggling with serious and complicated health issues. Battling lifelong illnesses. Making repeat trips to hospital and OR. It made my own problems so very small, and my sense of gratitude immense.
Then there's today -- I'm home recovering like a champ. I have hope for the future. I know I will recover fully. I have a full life to return to. I have family and friends around me supporting me. Some folks I heard in the pre-op room had no one with them. No one holding their hand, whispering prayers and encouragement by their side.
Then, I think about this amazing Community. I couldn't wait to be able to chat with you today to share these thoughts. I want us all to remember to not take life for granted. We have to take care of our health. Take care of our bodies. To live life fully. To live boldly. To live out loud. Eat healthy foods. Drink water. Exercise. Be mindful. Meditate. De-stress. Take stock of all that is good in your life and be very thankful for it all. Every single morsel.
I have come to learn that Gratitude just sets EVERYTHING in your life right-side up again. No matter what you are struggling with, there is much to be thankful for when you purposely shift your thoughts to these blessings and moments of positivity.
Gratitude is your one-stop-shopping for LIGHT. When you turn your mind & heart to gratitude, the light shines automatically. You don't have to hunt -- it's just there!!
What are you grateful for today? Go deep. Really take a few minutes to take stock of it all, then say "Thank You" for all that is good, right, loving, and meaningful in your life today.
I have a renewed sense of this practice. We all get off course from time to time -- life can be so distracting. Shiny objects of fear get in our way. Let's take time today and get back on course so we can all shine brighter, live louder, and be in a space that truly allows us to be our best selves. Remember, when we shine, we shine for others too!
Man am I cheering for you guys so loudly over here. From my bed. With good drugs by my side :) I'm a little sappy today -- so just indulge me!
Head on over to the LIGHTbeamers Community on Facebook and join in on the Conversation. Tell us what you are Grateful for today.