Most big dreamers don’t consider themselves brave, even in the midst of doing something courageous like admitting that you have an actual living, breathing dream. Let alone, being grateful for your dream.
Being grateful is an intricate part of brave living and big dream commitments, yet it’s the one habit of support we too often forget to engage in.
In October, I shared images and thoughts from my dream to be able to attend Oprah’s conference in South Africa. The event is still on my mind. I smile when I think of the moment when Oprah shared that she keeps a gratitude journal where she lists five things she is thankful for every day.
From fresh flowers to the kindness of a stranger, Oprah says acknowledging these things made her more receptive to the goodness in her life. She believes keeping a gratitude journal was the single most important thing she’s ever done.
You have to admit that Oprah is pretty brave.
From: Oprah and Lifeclass Teachers: Mastering the Art of Gratitude –
Robert Emmons, Ph.D., an author, gratitude researcher and a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, has found through his research on positive psychology that people who adopt being grateful as a state of mind experience numerous health benefits.
Gratitude is not easy. It’s not something that comes naturally, but has to be worked at. It has to be cultivated. It goes far beyond saying ‘thank you.’ It’s deeper than that; it can be a really fundamental way of viewing life, an orientation toward life itself. ~ Robert A. Emmons,
As you know I love the heart symbol and it’s even incorporated in my logo. You have to be brave to embrace love and bring more of it into your life. I am looking for readers who will be kind enough to take pictures with the “Just Pursue It Heart” and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to add what you bravely accomplished this week/month/year.
Today I am grateful for being brave with:
2. My husband.
3. My daughter.
5. Asking for help.
What 5 things are you grateful for being brave about today?
Be brave in your dream life by starting a gratitude journal this week.
Sue Levy is the founder of the South African Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. She’s a motivational writer and media designer, who is obsessed with everything inspirational with a hint of geek. She thrives on teaching women how to be brave and take big chances on themselves. You can find Sue on her Twitter page @Sue_Levy.
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