3 Ways to Embrace Summers End! Even when you want to stay in your flip-flops.0
I live in Canada.
Our summers are short and not always consistently hot and sunny.
Our winters can be long, dark and cold.
This summer in Ontario was one for the record books. Hot, Dry and did I mention, hot?
Yesterday, on September 1st I had to go digging around to find a sweater to go for a walk for the first time since I can’t remember…May?
Change is in the air. Fall is approaching with winter at its heels.
Are you looking forward to the cooler weather or are you sitting in a corner clutching your flip -flops?
The seasons are always a good opportunity for us to notice how we deal with change; do we fight it or embrace it?
The fear of change (of any kind, even when they know it is for the better) is one obstacle that I find keeps my clients stuck and unable to achieve the happiness and success that they crave in their lives.
What I have found works well with them is to go through some gratitude exercises, yes I said gratitude. How can that possibly be of help?
Here are three reasons that you need to consider while you sit there clutching the past like a winter-hating, flip flop clutching, summer addict.
1. REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES:
Gratitude is a FEELING. Our emotions and feelings are stored in a deeper place in our psyche. Whenever we notice anything in our lives that is GOOD and we stop and feel grateful, we store that feeling and can access it later when we need it. (i.e. The feeling of sand between our toes on a minus 40C day, or thinking of that hug your son gave you before he left for college as you sit in his room weeping.)
2. LET GO AND MOVE ON:
Gratitude can help you let go and move forward with more grace from both good and negative experiences:
- HAPPY MEMORIES can be left behind with a fondness that they happened instead of regret that they are over.
- UNPLEASANT MEMORIES can be neatly stored away with a sprinkle of gratitude for the lessons we learned from them. This helps us move through and beyond the struggles in life with less resentment, regret, or blame.
3. CONFIDENCE IN YOUR FUTURE:
Gratitude helps you embrace whatever change is coming. When we really understand that gratitude can be found in any area of our lives, we develop confidence to move forward into change knowing we will discover it there as well.
The more gratitude we plug into our lives, the more we will find to be grateful for.
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