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Gratitude, Confidence and Why You Should Give a Damn

gratitude & joy
I’m grateful for a lot of things. Sunshine. Fresh, crisp sheets. Laughing ’til I cry. The first sip of coffee. Netflix binges.

There’s something magical about gratitude that takes you out of your head and into your body. It’s gets you out of trying to plan and control everything and slap-bang into the right now.

But I wonder if it’s possible to experience gratitude if you’re surrounded by walls built to protect you from the loss of control and certainty?

You might be able to intellectually appreciate that you’re grateful for your lot, but that rationalisation is just another means of control. So the question I’d like to put to you is this.

Are the walls you’ve built preventing you from experiencing the gratitude and joy that’s here, right now?

See, gratitude is an honest expression of thanks towards something in your life, without needing it to be a certain way. It requires that you let go of your ego, your expectations and your craving for certainty, and embrace how things are right now, however they are.

Gratitude requires that you make yourself vulnerable

Letting go of “you” and giving yourself over to the moment renders you open and capable of being hurt, but it also does three things:

  1. Allows you to express gratitude.
  2. Allows you to experience joy.
  3. Gives you greater confidence in your ability to let go.

I don’t know about you, but gratitude and joy seem a hell of a lot more appealing than control and certainty, and confidence is really just your capacity for letting go of certainty and being vulnerable.

The more naturally confident you are, the easier it becomes to open to vulnerability. Which leads to gratitude. Which leads to joy. It’s a circle.

So I’ll ask it again.

Are the walls you’ve built preventing you from experiencing the gratitude and joy that’s here, right now?

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