Welcome to Day 14 of the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge! It’s been 2 weeks and I am happy to have reached this tiny milestone. Since the challenge is always at the back of my mind, I find myself forcing my mind to focus on the positive aspect of daily situations. I wish practicing gratitude was as easy as saying “I will be grateful”, and remembering that. Unfortunately, our brain is geared to focus on the negatives and to dismissively skim over the positives. This challenge and a lot of my reading (more on that in the next post) has made me realize that we have to actively engage in making our brain register and record our positive experiences.
Day 14’s prompt asks you to be grateful for a challenge you are currently focusing on. Is there a situation or relationship that is challenging? A project that requires you to fire on all cylinders all the time or step up take a larger role than you feel you are ready for? A business problem or a challenge your child faces at school? Is it possible to be grateful for challenges? The answer to that is yes! Of course, I don’t always think this way, but it’s easier to be grateful for challenges when you think of and label them as growth situations.
My current challenge is to let go of certain old thought patterns. Thought patterns that tell me that when something (substitute a situation or problem of your choice) hasn’t worked out in the past, it surely is not going to work out in the future. Why are you even trying? says the sometimes snide, and sometimes weary voice. Haven’t you learned anything? These kinds of thoughts prevent me from looking for new solutions. They rob me of my ability for creative problem-solving. They stop new ideas at the door because they convince me/you that nothing is going to work. Why bother? is their piteous cry. This is my challenge- to be aware how these thoughts can affect my ideas and not blindly believe in them- and I am grateful for it. Because on the other side of this challenge, is the freedom to be creative and innovative, and to have fun doing so!
It’s your turn! What challenges are you grateful for? Share your thoughts on the gratitude prompt and what you are grateful for, either by leaving a response in the section below or if you have a blog or other writing platform, write about it there. Link back to this page and leave a comment in the Comments section, so that all of us can visit and read it. If you are sharing your thoughts on social media, use the hashtag #CollectiviteaGratitudeChallenge and leave a comment, so we can find you and read what you’ve written. Looking for details on the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge? Right here! – Priya
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