Posted by Cass - 23 May 2012
You can run around trying the change the world, complaining about things or people and trying to fix problems but the only way to change all these things is to change yourself.
The world around you will change if you appreciate the things you have and not spend all your time chasing after new things.
Without gratitude in the present tense, you will always been unhappy and unfulfilled.
In the words of Ghandi and the song by Michael Jackson €“ €śChange the person in the mirror and your world will change€ť
I have tried to follow the 26 practices and I think that I have changed my view of life and seen that the small things in life are what make the difference. Happiness is based on these small delights and not on winning the lottery or earning thousands of pounds. Missing the joys of the day to day moments in life means that you are always striving or stressing about the future and not living today. We do not know what the future holds for us so we can only live in the here and now.
I have learned to be grateful for so many more things and now I have to learn to be grateful for being me. This is the one person that I cannot escape from and so learning to live with me and be content is such a great feeling.
Today I looked into the mirror and told myself three things that I think are wonderful about me and said thank you for them.
Enjoying being the person I am gives me confidence and contentment. Always trying to change that person in the mirror leads to negative thinking and unhappiness.
Being kind to myself means I will think kindly of other people and knowing that I make mistakes will help me to forgive people I think have offended or annoyed me.
I know that I am not perfect that then nobody on this earth is perfect but enjoying who I am will enable me to go forward into the future with an optimistic frame of mind.
One day to go and I now have 270 reasons to be grateful and this list reminds me of the blessings that I have on a daily basis.
My Magic Rock thought: I am off to see a very dear friend for the long Bank Holiday and we will catch up with lots of chat and a glass or two of wine.