Stubborn Gratitude

Hello Gorgeous,

You may not know this about me, but I am not always positive…or cheerful…or optimistic.

Sometimes I am sad, and miserable, and stressed, and lonely. Sometimes even all at the same time…ask my poor husband.

Today, this post is a little late. My sweet boy was up at 2:30am this morning for a snack and then didn’t feel it was necessary to fall back asleep until 5:30am. Our alarm goes off at 6am.

It was a hard start for today, and because of that I opted for a nap instead of writing, so I could manage the day and still teach two yoga classes coherently.

Some days are hard, this one felt like it for lots of reasons. And its days like today that I NEED my gratitude practice.

It is not optional for me, because otherwise in my fatigue I lean towards being weepy and focused on all the things that could possibly be hard right now, and all the things that need attending to.

Yes, me. That’s what I do.

Gratitude is easy when things are easy. We can take for granted the abundance of blessings and feel blessed in those moments, thinking that things will always be this way.

Gratitude can be challenging when things are not easy.

When things are hard, and I am tired, or sad, or all of the above, I stubbornly turn towards gratitude to change what I see.

Gratitude can be hard, and it is not for the faint of heart. Yet it is one of the most powerful tools to shift us from all the shit we may be marinating in, to a place of abundance and joy.

So today, I am choosing to be grateful.

Grateful for the weight of my son in my arms as I sing to him before he sleeps. I am grateful for a man who loves our family so much that he will fight like hell for us. Grateful for a body strong enough to handle what life throws at it. Grateful for spandex that makes me look better than I feel (thank you Lululemon). Grateful for the many women in my life keep me inspired, accountable, laughing, and holding each other together. And I am forever grateful for another day and another chance to do my life better in grace.

If you didn’t already know, you can join me in a free 30 Day Gratitude Practice which starts July 1st.

You don’t need anything but a willing heart and a Facebook account (no journal required, thank goodness!). You can sign up for it by clicking here.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you are grateful for today. Please share it in the comments below, or in the Soul Sisterhood Facebook group.

#daretobeyou

Love and Light,

t

4 replies
  1. Jenna Tickell
    Jenna Tickell says:

    Hi Tina, thank you for sharing your positivity with me this morning. I am currently working through some, what you call “stubborn gratitude”. I woke up late this morning, because I helped a friend move last night. I didn’t get a chance to eat dinner last night so I woke up starving, sore and grumpy. Reading your email has shook me back into reality! I almost slipped into the “poor me” stage, but I didn’t because you caught me!

    I am grateful for my big cozy king size bed. I am grateful to be woken up by my nuzzling and purring kitties. I am grateful for the funny noises they make to wake me up. I am grateful I have close friends that know they can count on me and feel comfortable enough to ask for help. I grateful for my relationships with my cousins. I received texts first thing in the morning, one of Dev riding a bike beside the ocean, making a goofy facial expression and wearing a goofy helme;, the other just checking in wanting to go for a walk or breakfast. I am grateful for health, I have no physical ailments or acting up disabilities, for that I am lucky. Lastly, I am grateful for the sunshine. When my heart is feeling gloomy, bright sunny days like today, really help to pull me out of my yucky moods! ☀️

    I hope everyone has a fantastic day!

    J

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  2. Shona Rae
    Shona Rae says:

    I’m grateful for the lovely sun this morning. I’m grateful for the great sleep I had last night- since the night before I didn’t sleep! I’m grateful for feeling healthy today. I’m grateful that time is gentle and kind to me. Even though my practice is especially busy right now, I’m grateful that I have lots of time and in this moment I am relaxed and calm and ready to face the day!
    I’m looking forward to the 30 day, week, month, year Gratitude Challenge that Tina is spearheading and I feel blessed to be part of it now!!!
    Thank-you!

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