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Smile – Day 11 – “At times our light goes out”

It’s pretty common at this point in the month to feel yourself slipping or struggling to maintain the new habit.

If that’s true for you don’t fret or worry.

We are still in the early phases where it requires a lot of conscious effort.

How are you doing?

Now is a great time to take a ‘self-inventory’ and just be aware.

Are you finding it difficult to remember to express gratitude in your heart first thing in the morning?

Or are you having great experiences with it?

Are you finding yourself too tired or unmotivated to write what you’re grateful for each night?

Or are you diligently making the simple effort daily?

If you have been diligent and the habit is forming, I’m guessing this is now becoming a cherished part of your day, rather than a burden or great effort.

Everyone will be different here…sometimes travel or other abnormal events will interrupt your patterns.

That happens for me in the summer when I travel more often.

If you find yourself knocked off track for any reason, don’t beat yourself up.

Just start again today and do your best.

You will benefit from every single small effort you make…so don’t feel like you have to be perform perfectly…

…that’s not true and it will just discourage you from re-starting again.

So regardless of what has happened any other day, take time to appreciate TODAY!

You can then thank yourself for being thankful! 🙂

Don’t focus on yesterday…it’s in the past and is now irrelevant.

Don’t think about tomorrow, or the rest of the month, or how hard it sounds to do something consistently for 30 days.

Forget about everything except right now…today.

And just take the one, simple, small step…and say thank you.

That’s all you need to do.

Brian Tracy said:

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  -Brian Tracy

So just focus on taking one step forward!

Nothing else matters so don’t bother thinking about it.

You can think about the next step when it’s time to take that step.

For now, just take one step forward and say thank you,

or smile and feel thankful,

or just write 5 or 6 things down in your journal you’re grateful for.

Tomorrow will take care of itself.

I’ll be here to remind you again then, so just take one step forward today.

Now another question…do you feel like your spark of life goes dim some days?

I do somedays.

Usually it only happens when I get off track from my daily habits.

And sometimes a friend or a family member or wise words shared in a book will re-ignite my flame.

Those other people who bring the sparks back into our life are some of the greatest reasons we have to be thankful.

The german philosopher Albert Schweitzer, who won the nobel prize for his philosophy of ‘Reverence for life’ in 1952, said this:

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.”

“Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”   – Albert Schweitzer

I bet it wouldn’t take you long to come up with deeply grateful and fond memories of 10 different people who have “lighted the flame” within you.

Today I invite you to think about at least 5 of them right now and throughout the day.

Then write about them in your gratitude journal later today.

I believe reflecting on these important people in your life will bring you deep feelings of gratitude and peace.

Just reflect in remembrance of the time when they re-lit the spark of life in your life.

Then say thank you to them in your heart, and in your journal.

It will feel really good and bring you joy.

That’s all for today…be grateful!

And Make Today Amazing!