Living from a place of gratitude is priceless in so many ways but there is something else that must happen first. I must be WILLING TO LET GO OF THE NEED for my current way of being.
For example, getting annoyed by my spouse and continually complaining about my marriage SERVES A PURPOSE. Maybe I see aspects of myself in my spouse that I don’t like about myself and wish were different. Maybe being annoyed and complaining keeps a distance between us that makes being in an intimate relationship “safer” or less intense. Maybe I don’t believe I deserve to be in a “good” or happy marriage so I sabotage it.
Is there something in your life in which you are consistently negative? What purpose does it serve you to hold on to this negativity? Are you ready to let go of it and live life with a new gr-attitude?
I was reminded recently about how powerful and magical it is to live life from a place of gratitude. Gratitude shifts our focus from negative to positive. If I focus on all the reasons why my marriage is difficult I am immersing myself in negativity. If I can shift my focus from all the negative things about my marriage to all the positive things (and keep reminding myself of them daily) things might not be as bad as I originally thought. Also, it takes 21-30 days of gratitude and focusing on the positive to really feel and see a difference so stick with it!