The practice of gratitude creates an opportunity for the blossoming of the soul; cultivating one's awareness of the blessings contained in the amazing treasure box of life. That treasure is not just the good times but the heartbreak, the failings, the difficulties. It is all there.
This week I found out that I was not accepted as a finalist in an entrepreneurial funding program contest that I believed would help to grow my business of coaching women in career and life transition. I know that I feel disappointed. But grateful? Hmmm. That is taking a bit more digging. I won't deny my disappointment. But I will also allow myself to open to other possibilities. Asking myself what can I be grateful for within this situation does create space for answers. The initial answers include the time that I took to focus in on honing my message through the application process as well as a deeper examination of what I am looking for as a business woman. If failure is information, this offers me the fodder to continue my growth in a different direction.
I know that what I do brings great value and support to the women I have coached. I am grateful that the gifts I have -- to listen, to support, to open, to celebrate - crack the wall of fear so that others can more fully live their lives. I am grateful for the many women who have trusted me to walk with them on their journey to greater wholeness and celebration. I am grateful for the mentors, fellow coaches and friends who have supported me as I continue my forward movement. In typing these words, I feel the energy that connects me with so many--and that is also a place of gratitude.
Let your journey blossom with gratitude. As you do so, you may find that what feels murky or bleak begins to clear away and open to the light. Take a moment and write down three things in your life that you are grateful for. Take one at a time and breathe in its essence, its reality in your life. Begin this small habit each day. Allow this practice the space to grow in your life. As it grows, the feeling of being blessed through the practice of gratitude will bubble over, more fully opening your heart to yourself and to others.