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Stoke your internal fires this Winter

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

 

Stoke your internal fires this winter

Winter is here. The days are getting shorter and the cold months loom. It’s time for cosy fires and snuggling up, but winter can be a gloomy time and with no relief in sight from the drought, for many farmers and businesses the future looks bleak. So, while it may not be an option to lift our spirits with an overseas holiday or a new outfit, there are some great, free, old-fashioned ways to boost our mood.

Following is an idea I was given years ago that I’ve come to appreciate more, the more I do it.
Thanks Beth Shea for emailing this:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past; brings peace for today and creates vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie from “Simple Truth”

In our busy everyday lives it can be all too easy to focus on the negatives. In fact, because we learn most of our lessons by making mistakes:- "Oh, I got that wrong, I need to do it this way next time" it can be easy to slip into an habitually negative mindset. And how many of us have had the experience of completing a task, only to have a colleague or a family member glance at our efforts and point out the faults, neglecting to mention, let alone praise, some of the good points?

This has certainly happened to me and I must admit I've been guilty of it too!
Yes, we were "just trying to help" But if we stopped to think about it, could we have done it better?

There is so much pressure in our 1st World, social-media-connected lives and we are continually encouraged to “have it all” The perfect body, life, job, house, holiday, car, family etc etc etc. It can be SO easy to feel inadequate and then focus on the things we DON’T have.

It’s worth making a habit of reminding ourselves that we are all human, with flaws, faults and failings. And then reminding ourselves of all the things we DO have. Like so many things, being grateful is a mindset that takes practice, but the benefits are immense, infinitely renewable and have nothing but positive side effects.

The more we do it, the better we get and the better we feel.
Let's take a moment to think of something we are grateful for. Now let’s think of a person we're grateful to havein our lives! Why not go and say something nice, or send a text? Go on, just do it.

Thanks for reading.