The importance of gratitude.

So on the 27th of June I embarked on a trip which I couldn’t have even thought about this time last year. It shows how far I have come in such a short space of time and it is a reminder to me that anything is possible.
 
Obviously, having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome absolutely sucked but I often find that the most difficult challenges we are faced with in life is when we learn the most about ourselves and about life itself. There were some real dark times, a lot of self pity and sometimes I didn’t want to keep going…but I did, and look where I am now. Being unwell for so long has really made me appreciate what I have and what I am able to do. Yes, I would love to be playing sport everyday of the week and I know one day I will be able to do that again if I so wish…but my time in Ecuador really emphasised the importance of gratitude and being grateful for where I am RIGHT now and what I have in my life RIGHT now.
 
Yesterday I played golf on a proper golf course for the first time in 4 years. That is absolutely amazing! There were times when I didn’t think I would ever be able to do that again. It was incredibly hot and muggy but we had a buggy which made it A LOT easier. I hit some good shots and a lot of bad ones. I used to be a good player and I definitely got annoyed at times yesterday but it was so nice to feel those emotions again. It was a reminder of how far I have come. I am so grateful for being able to play golf on a beautiful course, in beautiful sunshine with my beautiful friends. As I am writing this I have tears in my eyes as I am so so grateful that I can do this again.
 
This is going to be a short post but I just want to emphasise the importance of gratitude in our lives. For me, being grateful and content with where you are at right now is of paramount importance and is vital if you want to be happy. Yes, make goals and strive to be better and create a better life for yourself but its all about accepting where you are at right now and being grateful for everything that goes with it.
 
A really great exercise is to sit down each morning when you wake up and create a list of everything you are grateful for. You could list everything you can think of or you could list just 5 things each day and make sure you don’t repeat something you have said on a previous day. This really helps set the precedent for the day and it trains the subconscious to look for things that match the vibration of gratitude. 
 
I would also recommend thinking of what you are grateful for just before you go to sleep. If you try these exercises or already incorporate them in your everyday life please let me know. I would love to hear from you. 
 
Have a wonderful day and remember the only limits are the limits you put on yourself.
 
I love you all.
 
Brad.
 
xx
 

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