We hope that your Thanksgiving was wonderful!
In our previous blog posts this month, we have reviewed how practicing gratitude can lead to more happiness, more resilience, improvements in health, stress reduction, and stronger relationships. We also gave you ways to develop a “gratitude attitude.” To end this month, we wanted to share a poem that shows another way that gratitude works: shifting one’s focus from what one’s life lacks, to the abundance that’s already present.
Be Thankful, Author Unknown
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
We have found that practicing gratitude in this way at BB360, focusing on what is already present, is a beautiful way to encourage our athletes while keeping things positive. Our athletes struggle so much with what many people take for granted (coordinating their bodies to move in the environment, feeling confident going up and down steps, sitting up right for long periods of time, etc.) that if we don’t see them through a gratitude lens, things quickly fall out of perspective. Additionally, we have found that focusing on accomplishments vs. what our athletes can’t do, reaps the most important rewards of all…self-esteem and tolerance of distress (knowing that making mistakes and hard times means that we are growing and learning).