In all honesty, I used to become severely annoyed when people told me to find gratitude, sometimes even adding that it’s really not so hard to do, Joni.
So after a decade trying to figure it out, hearing about gratitude ad nauseum along with those fluffy inspirational quotes, HERE I let you in on what finally worked for me.
I had been told my whole upbringing to bow my head and be grateful for the food on my plate as there were starving children in the world.
As a kid, I was too young to understand.
As an adult, surrounded by so many well-off people who didn’t have to worry about such things, I still didn't get it. Having been self-sufficient since young, knowing all too well the pains of growth in all realms, I still wasn’t seeing the connection.
Same with those fluffy inspirational quotes.
When managing difficult avenues or perhaps more trauma than others, gratitude and inspirational quotes feel SO far away, unrelatable, and out of reach.
In fact, both created even more of a scarcity mindset that became really hard to kick.
But like anything, in SEARCHING for SOLUTIONS and with plenty of PRACTICE, I found a way to drop into gratitude.
And it worked.
I found many modalities over time to clear trauma and shift my mindset.
I surrounded myself with others like myself who paved their own way 100%. Who vastly understand how much longer it takes to get to where some folks are born into or who arrive at places earlier in life due to far more difficulties experienced much earlier in life. Who found the positives within their own grit, determination and courage. Who carved incredible new futures for themselves by learning to trust that there is always a way.
There. Is. Always. A. Way.
Friendly no-fluff reminder to thank yourself for the little things, the big things, and even the food on our plates each day. It costs nothing… Gratitude ✨