The day I created the 22 Day Gratitude Challenge I honestly thought that I was doing it to be of service. To support the Higher Love Today global community to come together and GIVE GRATITUDE TOGETHER. To openly celebrate all that we are blessed to have in our lives – and MANIFEST more positive experiences and abundance!
Pretty cool right!
What I did not realise was how much I would get out of this experience.
I’ve signed up for plenty of these types of challenges before – opting in as I love the idea at the time. If I started!!!! I would be all enthused and totally in there. But before I knew it I was caught up in the day to day of my own life and stopped showing up!
I rationalised it in my own head telling myself that it doesn’t matter. Thanks to hosting this Gratitude Challenge what I now know is, it does matter!
I’ve received so many great learnings from this experience and know that I’m a better person for it. Here are the 5 most important things I learned on my gratitude journey.
1. Being Grateful Isn’t Our Natural State of Being
I thought this 22 challenge would be easy! Well I was wrong! We are not taught to be grateful for what we have.
We are taught to want more, strive harder, be better.
I’m sure most of us got told as kids to appreciate what we have, but how many of us actually sat with this concept? And now as adults, how much time do we spend deeply appreciating all the great stuff in our lives?
The good news is it got easier. In fact it wasn’t long before gratitude become part of my daily practice and i missed it when i didn’t put the time in. But those first few days were not easy ….
2.There Is Always Something To Be Grateful For
No matter what was going on in my life there was ALWAYS something that I could find to be grateful for.
- My child
- Healthy fresh food to eat
- The ocean breeze
- Swimming with turtles
- The smile of the barista who made my morning coffee
- Having a laptop to post my gratitude lists from …. etc etc …
Sitting in this energy what I also noticed that GRATITUDE WAS ALL AROUND ME.
3. Gratitude Makes You Feel Connected
When you are in the energy of gratitude, fear seems to disappear! It also opens you up to RECEIVE ABUNDANCE in all areas of your life. During my gratitude journey I felt extremely connected to source and surrounded by so much possibility.
I experienced first hand, how the good feelings that gratitude produces, raises our vibration and aligns it to that of our higher self and source energy. In this space our ego is surpassed as we are coming from a higher level of consciousness and any feels of contrast that arises easy moves through us.
4. How we show up in life matters
In hosting this Gratitude Challenge I witnessed a the huge decline in participation. Day 1 we had a large number of people, invigorated and excited to participate. Halfway through the exercise we were lucky to get 1 or 2 people sharing their gratitude for the day.
When I sat with this, I realised how many times I had not completed an activity I had committed to.
Every single one of us has signed up for something and then not followed through to the end. You said it. You meant every word, and you had every intention of doing what you said that you would do. The task/activity that you that you would complete isn’t anything earth shattering, and in the big scheme of things, isn’t really all that important.
It’s no big deal that you haven’t followed up or followed through. Or is it?
Why does this not count?
I believe how we show up in life, in everything we do matters. Even the little things count. Showing up for this challenge highlighted this every day for me.
5. Sharing Becomes a Necessity
How often do you stop and think about the people and circumstances that make your life the way it is?
If you’re like most of the world, probably not often enough. We live so fast that we forget to give gratitude to others, we don’t even notice how much they mean to us because we’re too busy to notice, something else is always more important.
As William Arthur Ward said “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
What I noticed on my gratitude journey is how much I wanted to share my gratitude with others. One of the most rewarding things we can do in our lives is make someone else happy. EXPRESSING YOUR GRATITUDE IS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT – for both the receiver and the giver.
Here are my favourite 5 Gratitude posts from the Challenge
#Day 5 – I am grateful for my body
Being grateful for your body is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. We celebrated all the magnificent ways our bodies support us in our lives.
#Day 9 – Grateful for Play
Too often in life we get caught up in the drama and doing in our lives and we forget to have fun. Today we remembered the importance of having fun and play!
#Day 11 – Grateful for Travel
Traveling is a great way to learn. To collect amazing memories and experiences that you may otherwise never had is so special. I was in Hawaii when i created this and was feeling immense gratitude for the amazing adventures and memories that i’ve created through travel.
Books have an undeniably unique power to entertain us, comfort us, challenge us, and inspire us. Reading is truly amazing, and while it’s always in the back of our minds, sometimes life’s distractions get in the way of hunkering down with a large cup of tea or coffee and a really great book. I loved taking a moment to give gratitude for the great books that have moved us and the stories that have provided us with a love like no other!
#Day 21 – Grateful for Friendships
“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always need to see them, because you know they are always there” Such a fun and satisfying day – sending love and appreciation out to all our wonderful friends!