Every Monday since the launch of Momentum Monday, I have tackled a topic related to momentum, covering a broad range of themes from personal productivity to overcoming mental blocks. Important topics, to be sure, but today, I would like to talk about a different kind of movement: moving through life in gratitude.
It’s easy to get caught up in our first world problems – too much email cluttering our inbox, not enough time in the day to do everything we want to do, etc., etc. – and lose sight of what is right before us: we live in a world of choice and opportunity, something that is denied to many.
To that I say, “Go forward in gratitude.”
Go forward and seize those opportunities, thankful for the fact that you have been given them. Go forward and celebrate that you have the leisure of small victories, like getting rid of all 500 emails in your inbox. Go forward and create, inspire and be, grateful that you have the choice to drive your own destiny.
Going forward in gratitude is about not wasting what we are given and instead embracing it with passion and energy. It’s not shrinking from opportunity or squandering it on half-hearted attempts at follow-through. It means taking on what it truly means to have choice by deciding to do and DOING.
It’s the difference between doing and being the prime mover in our own lives. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of life and work. “Today, I have 5 tasks on my to-do list and 163 emails in my inbox.” That is passive doing instead of being a prime mover.
What living in gratitude means to me is living the best life you design for yourself and your family, making conscious choices of what you do and how. It’s about taking the time each and every day to plant and harvest the seeds of opportunity as a way of honoring that they were given to us.
But most of all it’s about pausing to reflect on how fortunate we are and then go forward, in gratitude.