You Can’t Gratitude Your Way Out of It …

18 Mar

Be grateful for your health. Be grateful for your job. Be grateful for your kids, their health. Be grateful for your house. Be grateful for the opportunity. Be grateful you woke up in the morning. Be grateful for the sun, the beach, the weather …

Gratitude became something I hung onto when a sinkhole appeared on the yellow brick road. I’m sure a lot of people activate that inner appreciation vibe and give thanks.

That’s a good thing. Gratitude. Needs to happen to get you out of that funk. You can’t be a bitter and angry Gargamel. You need to open up that Silver Linings Playbook. Excelsior!

But sometimes you can gratitude yourself into staying in a bad situation, and that can’t be good either. Well at least I have my health … Health can’t be the only thing you have because what happens when the day comes that you don’t get to say that? When you don’t have your health?

Sometimes you get stuck in the moment and then you realize holy crap I forgot. I used to have more. This is not me.

Sometimes it comes to you when you see a younger version of yourself, one wearing bell bottoms with that Farrah Fawcett killer hair. Maybe it’s the one at the park when you used to watched Saturday morning cartoons in your Scooby Doo chanclas, followed by a park outing. It’s that Kodak moment that takes you back to wanting something more and knowing you deserve it.

So you snap out of it. You realize you can’t gratitude yourself out of every situation. You just can’t. Keeps you stagnant and false. You realize that when you actually can’t say “well at least I have my health..”

So you move in a different direction, a more balanced version. And you have better moments, some where the sun rising is genuinely what sparks gratitude.

And you see a younger version of yourself smiling and you feel you’re making your way back. You caught yourself and now you’re making a U-turn. You’re making adjustments and finding a way back. You’re grateful that you’re finding your way back 🙂

Buen Camino…




5 Responses to “You Can’t Gratitude Your Way Out of It …”

  1. cravesadventure March 20, 2023 at 5:29 AM #

    I have been thinking about balance and mindfulness lately. I know I tend to put on my everything is fine face because no one really wants a negative nelly or debbie downer when they have their own stuff to deal with. I am so blessed in my life and remind myself of that. I also need to remind myself that my self care will help me help others because I will have reset, recharged, and reenergized myself. I long for those days when you could play hooky, phone in a sick day, just have a DO NOTHING DAY – Yes, I will take one of those PLEASE & THANK YOU!!! (((((loveandhugs)))))))

    • The Guat March 24, 2023 at 8:05 AM #

      Yeah sometimes your torn between sharing problems weighing you down and then staying positive for everyone else. But self care is a MUST. Definitely take care of yourself and if you need a minute for yourself take it! Take 10 even :)Good to see you

  2. Sorryless March 20, 2023 at 4:32 PM #

    Keeping a diverse portfolio really is the key to winning at this game called life. Thanks for the reminder Cali.

  3. Wind Kisses March 20, 2023 at 5:32 PM #

    Loved your words. Balance, indeed. And the sun rising is what sparks gratitude. But, Scooby Doo chanclas for the win, any day. Life is good.

    • The Guat March 24, 2023 at 8:12 AM #

      Yeah … trying to work on that balance. Definitely. And I had forgotten about those chanclas until I saw the pic and then I was like yesssss that kid has got it 🙂 good reminder

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