I believe in expressing gratitude for things in my life–every day if I can. But I also believe in acknowledging sad and difficult things and showing compassion. Life can be really hard sometimes.
When I focus on things I am grateful for, I better see all of the gifts, beauty, and treasure I have in my life. This almost always strengthens my heart. So today, I am so grateful for my beautiful office at work. My husband painted it for me as a surprise while I was on a trip this summer. It is cozy and peaceful.
I also like to be mindful of difficult things and to show myself compassion. I am feeling a little sick and under the weather right now, and I always feel a bit bummed out when that happens. I am showing myself compassion by sleeping, taking it easy, and asking myself if there is anything I can do to help myself feel healthier. When I show myself compassion, I act like a nurturing friend to myself. This also strengthens my heart and fills me with peace.
What are you grateful for today? How are you showing yourself compassion?