GRATITUDE: THE GATEWAY TO THE GOOD LIFE
In this episode of The Confidence Podcast, as we celebrate Thanksgiving this week in the United States, we’re talking about:
- What is the good life anyways, and how can gratitude really get us it?
- My gateway moments, my life-altering crossroad moments that have come from gratitude shifts.
- The practice ways in which I infuse gratitude into my life on a daily basis.
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WHAT IS THE GOOD LIFE?
What does it mean to you?
What does it mean to me?
To me, the good life is a life of being fully alive.
What does fully alive mean?
Descriptions that resonate with me are: present, fully engaged, filled with life, overflowing with love, beating with purpose, connected in relationship, growth-oriented, adventurous, courageous, difference-making, warm and wonderful.
Equally, I need to know what the good life isn’t:
It isn’t defined my money. It doesn’t include a weight, stress, achievement, anxiety, comparison, overwhelm or busyness.
MY GATEWAY MOMENTS FROM GRATITUDE
-Being thankful for my own body – gateway to body confidence and eating disorder healing
-Being thankful for the quirks of my family – gateway to forgiveness
-Being thankful for my weaknesses – gateway to humility and daily reliance on God, also, to taking the pressure off myself
-Being thankful for closed doors – gateway to truth, walking in faith, and expecting miracles
-Being thankful for my broken heart – gateway to getting to know who I am, what I deserve, and what I wanted in a husband
-Being thankful for my worst fear coming true – gateway to appreciating life, for not taking anything for granted, for empathy, for being limitless
-Being thankful for my eating disorder and mental illness – gateway to surrender, to understanding the psychology of belonging and acceptance
-Being thankful for my son’s health issues – gateway to savoring life, to celebrating the gift of modern medicine, to the preciousness of breath
-Being thankful for my anxiety issues – gateway to savoring peace and presence and what really matters in life
-Being thankful for my loneliness and years of feeling misunderstood / not thinking I had a soulmate – gateway to perfect timing to meet Brandon
-Being thankful for my weird passion for language and words – gateway to God’s calling for me to use words to help people learn how to think better and to learn how to manipulate and use their words
HOW TO INFUSE GRATITUDE PRACTICES INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE
Gratitude on the Go
Intentional compliments, writing reviews, etc.
Gratitude chats at night
Family expressions of appreciation and thanks
LISTENER OF THE EPISODE:
Thank you for responding. I’m not entirely sure if you will read this or if it’s just an automated response. I am hoping for the former, the best case scenario 🙂
I stumbled across your podcast last night. I have been on a path of personal development and continued improvements. I have discovered a few exceptional leaders and educators in the space, but I was looking for new perspective. Only after one podcast, I knew that I wanted to keep listening to your message. It resonates deeply with me.
I have struggled with confidence in myself and in my dreams, those things that we pick from the sky, fearing that we will not reach up to the heights or that the promise of prosperity will slip through our fingers and be lost. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum.
I am a woman and a lifelong wheelchair user. On paper, those two things alone have the power to put me in the categories of less than, inferior. I drank that poison and believed the falsehood for too long. Especially because of my physical disability, what I thought more clearly proved that I am different than the majority. I am not afraid to go after the things that I want, I can be a pitbull if I need to be, but I am very aware of the fact that sometimes stereotype can lead people‘s opinions of me. I thought that I would not be taken seriously in the space that I want to be in – author, educator mentor, speaker, and influencer – because I am different.
The truth is, we are all different. That is the true gift of life. We get to learn alongside people who have different experiences, different beliefs, different understanding of how the world works. There is tremendous power in the vulnerability and honesty of sharing experiences. I want to use what I have learned so far in 32 years to educate the public. But mostly I want to empower and inspire other women with physical disabilities. I want them to know their bodies are not wrong or damaged; they are beautiful. These women are strong, intelligent, insightful, wickedly funny and capable of achieving everything they desire in life, love, work and community.
I have used my voice as a freelance writer for a couple of magazines here in the United States and Canada. I also have a blog, but I want to reach further. I want my message, believing in yourself and embracing who you are without apologizing, to reach as many people as possible.
It terrifies me. The thought that I would have that much influence, responsibility for lifting people up, I worry that I would not be big enough to fill the spaces of all the roles I want to take on.
I am looking for motivation, inspiration, education and above all, accountability to name my goals and work as hard as I can to achieve my wildest dreams.