This was not one of my best weeks. I battled a cold, tried to get some much-needed sleep after months of nonstop work and madness, and I neglected my fitness and blog goals.
No, definitely not one of my best weeks.
These challenging moments, however, are the best opportunities for growth. I’m grateful for them, sometimes even more than the times I’m happy, simply because they push me to be introspective and more importantly, proactive about my wellness vision.
I had dinner last night with a cousin who has been experiencing similar hurdles. Both of us have a deeper desire for purposeful lives, but we often feel disconnected to those goals, namely due to fear, stress, or an inability to realize our dreams because of circumstances.
What came out of our conversation was invaluable. Communication. Sharing. Empathy. And eventually inspiration.
When we retreat from the dreams that make us truly happy, we also open ourselves up to the possibilities that come from being up against a wall. The pressure to change for the better pushes us to think outside the box and to get creative.
There are times when I shut down and don’t tell anyone what’s really going on in my mind or heart. It isn’t until I let that out in conversation with someone I admire or care about, that I’m able to really begin seeing through the veil. One of the best parts of that process, is that I’m able to do the same for them. We give and we receive.
And that is the point of a gratitude journal. I’ve received. Now it’s time to give some of that joy back to the universe. You balance out the scales and create positive energy for yourself and your environment in the meantime.
Sure, your week may not have gone as planned. But there is always something to be thankful for in the midst of all the chaos. Take a moment to consider that for yourself.
I always love hearing people share what they’re thankful for, so please go on ahead and share your thoughts in the comments below or on my Facebook page!