An Attitude of Gratitude

I was reading this post by Jess J today http://jessj.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/2015-love/ about her version of a “new years resolution”. What she does is she has a word of the year, or as she calls it she’ll, “set an intention” (which I love, by the way). We are taught in yoga to set an intention at the beginning of each practice and I love that she worded it that way in her blog. Anyway, she goes on to talk about her intention for 2015. I’m not going to explain all of it because I think you should all give it a read – wonderful post – so you can check that out.

What I decided was to take a similar approach with my 2015 “resolution”. My initial resolution is to blog every day on wordpress. If it’s something I don’t feel comfortable sharing, then I decided I would write it in my journal. So there’s that.

However, here is what I’m going to be focusing on in 2015: GRATITUDE.

Now it took me a little while to decide on gratitude. At first I was thinking love like Jess J. But I then I realized I complain way too much. I really do complain a lot. Sometimes it’s about work, home, money, ect… and I think right now is the time to stop.

What intention can I set to minimize my complaining? Appreciation came to my mind. I decided I should probably look it up because “gratitude” was also rolling around in my thoughts.

I opened my dictionary.com app and typed in appreciation. Here’s what I found:

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Now it looks good at first. Then I read #2. “the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.”

I give things value (or lack there of), however, giving things their “proper” value is something I am not good for obviously because of my complaining (and other reasons). For example, I can see myself and see no value, whereas someone else can find value in me. Another example that came to me as I looked this up and mulled it over in my mind was living with my parents. I DO NOT find much value living at home as a 24 year old adult. However, one might suggest having a roof over their head is something of great value and something to appreciate. So that’s when I decided appreciation was the wrong word for me to focus on in 2015.

When I came to that realization, I decided to look up gratitude. This is what it said:

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This is exactly what I want to focus on. I need to start having gratitude and being thankful for the things I have in life rather than COMPLAIN about them and wish they were different. Yoga is helping teach me to be happy in the present and also helping me be grateful. An attitude of gratitude is definitely what I need to focus on in 2015.

What is your new year’s resolution or something your going to work on for 2015?

 

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