Feeling Grateful to Share My Thoughts With You
Well, it’s been a little while since my last blog and I can’t say that I’m surprised. And it’s not because my diet has been unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, it’s going well. I had to tweak it but it’s working, lol. It also should not be a surprise that the diet that worked for me a very long time ago wasn’t working this time. Many of my friends have dropped sugar from their diets with amazing results. So, guess what I’m doing? You guessed correctly that I have dropped the sugar, too! Realize that taking sugar out of your diet also means removing carbohydrates as they turn into fat – very quickly. It is not too difficult to remove the carbs as one might think. But the effects of the sugar detox are brutal. There are serious headaches. Watching that scale move downward is inspiring, my friends! And, I’m grateful for the downward sliding scale.
Now, getting back to my tardiness in posting on-line. I don’t share. My thoughts and dreams are personal. I’ve never even been the person that kept a diary. It would have been much too personal. And, I couldn’t risk that my brother or anyone else might take a peek into that space that was mine. All mine. So, sharing personal thoughts is not for me.
Well, it’s a new world and it’s stressful out there. And it seems that everything is “out there” anyway. No one cares what anyone writes in a diary or journal anymore. A certain amount of it ends up in a text message, email or social media, anyway. So the thought of sharing my life on my website is a little overwhelming to me. But I can do this!
In 2014, I took a class in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). They taught about gratitude. I began to write down at least 5 things that I am grateful for each morning. This act of expressing my gratitude each morning truly changed my outlook each day for the better. I worked in a stressful environment and I never expected such positive results. And another surprise was yet to come.
After a few days of writing down my gratitude list each morning I began looking forward to it. I would jot everything down as soon as I woke up. It was merely the action of writing positive thoughts that affected the way that I felt for the rest of the day. My interactions with family and colleagues were positively improved. And, I felt better for it.
Within a couple of weeks, I noticed that I was more and more grateful and that my list got longer and longer. Before I knew it, I was journaling. Every day, I would start with my gratitude list and expand on them. Liberating!
Are you engaging in practices to relieve your stress or to just chill out? What works for you?