GRATEFUL HEART

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Choose to be grateful for all that you have in this moment. There is immense happiness when working from a grateful heart. Negative energy cannot exist with the choice to be thankful each waking day. We are blessed to be healthy and whole. No guarantees in life, so today is the best day of your life. Becoming more of a witness and observer will help to foster good feelings of well-being. Judgments will drop away and you will feel more peaceful and live with ease.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to feel grateful when things aren’t going the way you planned or perhaps you feel something is missing from your life and you want more. There are times in our lives where it feels impossible to be grateful for a situation that is not good. The negative seems to outweigh the positive and you are disillusioned. Know that this, too, shall pass, and try to stay on the path of positivity. Surround yourself with happy people. Everything changes, including the bad and good times.

To be in a longtime relationship with another human being is one of the hardest things you will ever do in life. It requires patience, forgiveness, gratitude and compassion, even when you don’t exactly have these feelings. The only way to survive is to forgive. Letting go of any suffering by moving forward and not holding on to the past. The moment you forget about the wrongdoing is the moment you decided to be present with this day. Mistakes are made and we learn to accept one another’s flaws. You don’t have to be right. Acceptance to differences, opinions, etc., is critical for longevity.

Selfless actions without expectations. Do things because you want to but do not expect anything in return. Do not keep count of how many times you cook the dinner, wash the clothes, take out the garbage. We are all in this together, so work peacefully with one another.   Slow down the fast pace of life.

God rest my dad, Alex Timlin, who always encouraged me to slow down and be aware of the small things in life such as spending time with family and friends. He taught me always to give, give, give and expect nothing but gratitude in return. He was the real deal who walked the walk. I am thankful I had a good role model who also was a man of faith and spirituality.

This poem was given to me by one of my dear students, Marie Lewis. Thankful for her wisdom.

“Lord Slow Me Down. Slow me down, Ease the pounding of my heart, By the quieting of my mind, Steady my hurried pace with a vision, Of the eternal reach of time, Give me, amid the confusion of the day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tension of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams that live in my memory.  Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking mini vacations of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pet a dog, to read a few lines from a good book. Slow me down and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values that they may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.”

May you stay strong in your relationship and learn to flow with the changes in each one of us. Some are positive while others may be negative. Find balance and go slow.

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