A wide range of emotions are often evoked when we’re in the thick of change. Anticipation, fear, anxiety, stress, but also joy, satisfaction, exhilaration, and peace. One emotion that is often overlooked, however, is gratitude.
Some might argue that gratitude isn’t, in fact, an emotion, but is instead an action. I believe it is both. In order to show gratitude externally, we must first feel grateful from within.
Many of us have closed ourselves off from such emotions of gratitude because they can be overwhelming and raw. It’s not that we don’t appreciate of the generosity of others, but to allow ourselves to truly feel such generosity, to completely open ourselves up to receive these acts of kindness, can result in strong emotions. Because truly generous acts are reflections of love. And allowing ourselves to receive love can be an uphill struggle for some, especially if we believe we are unworthy of it.
To think that other people consider us worthy when we do not is a difficult inconsistency to resolve, not to mention to recognize, until we’re emotionally prepared to do so.
One way to open ourselves up to receive such gifts of gratitude and love is to put ourselves in the shoes of another who looks upon us with unconditional love. If you aren't sure how to do this, take a look at this post, which outlines the specific steps involved.
As we in the U.S. prepare to celebrate this time of giving thanks, I encourage you to also consider gratitude - for others, as well as for yourself.
It takes courage and inner strength to navigate change, and remembering and appreciating these characteristics within ourselves can help us to also show up in greater capacity for others.
Wishing you and yours a festive Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, love and joy!
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
**Please note RSS Feed not compatible with Chrome without an extension.