Did you think that Gratitude was a state of being?

Aug 16, 2013 | Dream Building

0424001448aWell it is, but I've found it a state of action as well.

Growing up, I thought that gratitude was something you felt or expressed after something was over. I'm so grateful I Aced that test!

Yesterday one of my mentors challenged me. She said that I cannot be in fear and in gratitude, the 2 are mutually exclusive states.

This morning I realized that when I'm in gratitude, I see things differently and take action differently.

Gratutude is not a static state at the end. It is a place from which Postive Action can spring forth!

Let's take the world of fashion (one of my fun hobbies 😉

On Project Catwalk, the designers were challenged to come up with a bikini design. One of the designers was a Bib Beautiful Woman and felt the project excluded consumers such as herself.

In outrage, she staged a protest and designed a one piece instead. She had a voice and used it, but what if she had come at the project in gratitude?

I'm so happy and grateful that I have been assigned a project that I can reimagine for women of all shapes and sizes! What would she have created from that space?

Maybe she would have designed a sexy toga that you could wear as a coverup or was swimable and brought elegance and fashion to the beaches.

Another designer on Project Runway refused to design a pet outfit to match his model when he said the dog was already perfect and needed no adornment.

I'm so happy and grateful that this assignment to clothe a dog allows me to give voice to pet lovers.

Perhaps he would have designed a cool Dracula collar to accentuate the dog without overwhelming the already distinctive _____ and then dressed the MODEL like the DOG.

Acting from a place of gratitude expands the creativity and consciousness and ads value and Joy to the world.

Those two stories have nagged me for years. I knew there was a better answer, a more creative answer than throwing the project. There had to be a way to be true to themselves AND win the competition.

It wasn't till I started from the state of gratitude and initiated my creativity from that space I finally got it. (I too am a dog and couldn't stop knawing those ideas! lol)

And you know the hardest part? Fear didn't want me to move to gratitude and I was so used to fear it took the kind hand of my mentor holding me to allow me to make the shift.

Now when I feel fear, my automatic response is, “I'm so happy and grateful that…”

Because when I find my gratitude, I act from my core and in harmony with the Universe and my highest self.



For more inspiration, see my book, "Igniting Dreams"

How 52 Weeks of Inspiration and Action Can Lead You to Your Dreams

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