What have you been up to this week? Are you finding inspiration in small and big places? Are some days harder to find inspiration? Well, I hope you will find some here.
Inspiration Found Everywhere: Practicing Gratitude
This past week sure had its challenges. I have been running around with my head cut off trying to do a million things while at the same time being thrown the usual curve balls.
What I took note of most during all the hectic chaos was that regardless of where I was and whatever situation I was presented with I was able to clearly keep life in perspective. This week I was practicing gratitude where normally I would have found fault, distraction or discouragement.
Life still happened as it has its way of doing, but I enjoyed and felt inspired by the times of inward peacefulness I was able to enjoy.
I wish I could say that practicing gratitude came easy for me on a regular basis. It does not. Often, I only make a conscious effort to be in a grateful mode during the month of November and around Thanksgiving.
This week things were different and I thought I’d make that our focus for our weekly inspirational check-in.
Inspiration is everywhere around us! Practicing gratitude through the little and big things can be done and felt through anything.
I hope you find a little something to carry with you as we head into the middle of the week. Read along and enjoy 🙂
Quotes & Sayings
“Choosing to be and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.”- Joel Osteen
“I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it- I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.”- Maya Angelou
“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”- John Lennon
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness- it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”- Brene Brown
“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”- John F. Kennedy
“I caught the happiness virus last night. When I was out singing beneath the stars.”- Hafiz of Persia
“I don’t think you should just do what makes you happy. Do what makes you great. Do what’s uncomfortable and scary and hard but pays off in the long run…. Let yourself fail. Fail and pick yourself up and fail again. Without that struggle, what is your success anyway?”- Charlie Day
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”- Maya Angelou
“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”- Sarah Ban Breathnack
“We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives…. Some lessons are painful, some are painless…. but, all are priceless.”- Unknown
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
An Indian Muslim father is holding his daughter’s hands in his palms as they pray before breaking fast on the very first day of Ramadan the holy month
Fireworks going off over the Brooklyn Bridge
It Was Written
Above I shared a quote from Charlie Day. This quote came from his commencement address he gave to the graduates at Merrimack College. The entire address can be read here, it’s inspiring and full of lessons.
I found parenting inspiration from Shana over at Organized Chaos. Every week she shares things she is inspired by!
I read a sweet a funny story of a girl and her best friend an English Bulldog. You have to read about Rebecca and Lola, if you aren’t captured by the adorable story the pictures will be sure to grab you 🙂
This by Darius Rucker
“How I cried when my mama passed away
But now I’ve got an angel looking out for me today
So nothing’s a mistake
For every stoplight I didn’t make
Every chance I did or I didn’t take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn’t know
Thank God for all I missed
Cause it led me here to…..
What areas in your life are you finding gratitude? Do you have an inspirational quote, picture, scripture or saying you’d like to share with me? I’d love it if you did!
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