start monday with gratitude

week 47

Welcome to Week 47, lovely soul.

Below you'll find the video and video transcript introducing you to this week's quote and musings.

Scroll further and you'll discover this week's daily exercises, high vibe tune, and downloadable wallpapers.

Remember - always feel free to share your insights for each day's gratitude exercise in our Facebook group.

video transcript

I love the presence of the word “courage” in this quote. Most people think that, when you express gratitude for all you have in your life, you focus only on the positives. And, indeed, that’s what most people do. However, that’s only half of the picture.

When you first begin a gratitude practise, the easiest way to start is to give thanks and gratitude for the unexpected positives that arise in your life. It’s easy to focus on these because they’re unexpected, they don’t arise every single day, and they catch your attention and focus when they do appear and, therefore, nudge you into practising your new-found gratitude practice.

As you progress, as gratitude comes more easily to you, as it becomes a daily habit and ritual you enjoy, you begin to extend your focus. No longer are you only laser-focused on only the unexpected positives that arise, you begin to express gratitude for the everyday positives, the small positives that, once, you would have taken for granted. Positives such as the air you breathe, waking up in the morning after a night’s sleep, the food on your table and the fresh water you have to drink on tap.

However, even at this level, you’re still only focused on the positives and half the picture.

What about the other side of the coin? What about the negatives? What about the challenges you face in your life? What about the difficulties that arise? Do you give thanks and express gratitude for them?

Most people don’t because most people would view them more as a curse than a blessing.

Which means most people are only expressing gratitude for half of the picture.

When you have the courage to express gratitude for the challenges that are strewn along your path and for the difficulties that come your way, then your gratitude practise is true and whole.

However, to progress to this level of gratitude asks for a higher level of thinking, a more lateral view of your life and everything that arises in it.

This asks you to see the blessing and the lesson in everything that comes your way. This asks you to embrace everything with the same joy and enthusiasm as you embrace the positives.

And for many of us, that’s simply not easy. Because we’re not there yet. We’re still walking the path of blame, feeling zero responsibility for the ‘negatives’, and wondering “why did this happen to me?”

To enjoy a full and wholesome gratitude practice, you need to have the courage to express gratitude for everything in your life, not only the perceived blessings and positives. And, to do this, you need to raise your outlook, attitude and thinking, to look at the challenges, the difficulties and the perceived negatives and find the lesson, find the gift, find the blessing in each and every one.

Only when you can see everything, absolutely everything, in your life as a blessing and something to be grateful for, will your gratitude practise be true and whole. And when you can see everything, absolutely everything, in your life as a blessing and something to be grateful for, then the Universe will give you even more to be grateful for.

If you buck at the thought of the Universe, perhaps, giving you more challenges, more difficulties, more negatives into your life and, therefore, feel reluctant to take your gratitude practice to the highest level, let me share something with you.

When you see everything as a blessing and something to be thankful for, challenges, difficulties, negative experiences will never be something you want to avoid, they’ll be something you embrace every bit as much as positives because you begin to look at them exactly how you look at the positives; they too become positives to you. What you once thought of as a challenge, a difficulty, as a negative experience now becomes something to embrace, something that helps you grow and become a better person… and that is something to be truly grateful for.

daily gratitude practice

In the introduction, we already touched on viewing challenges, such as health challenges, as a gift, something to learn from and, therefore, something to be grateful for.

This week we're going to focus on more gifts that, before, we would have seen as curses.

What one challenge in your life can you now look back on with fresh eyes and express gratitude for?

If you've been practising gratitude every day and making it into a new, positive habit, what I'm asking you to do this week in your daily gratitude practise, might still feel like quite a stretch.

You might, therefore, be tempted, more than ever, to not express your daily gratitude in your journal. You might be tempted to take the week off…

However, I ask you to resist temptation and, rather, view it as an opportunity to take your gratitude practice to a new and wholesome level.

What I will be asking you to do this week in your gratitude practice, is something that many who've been practising gratitude for years have not even considered.

If you stick with me and persevere, however, I promise you, your attitude and your outlook will change, and you will become, not only more grateful, but also more resilient. Above all, you'll get to truly see, observe, and understand the true magnificent soul you are.

So today, I want you to think back to your childhood and a challenge you experienced; either a one-off challenge or one that was part of your daily life.

Look back on that challenge now with fresh eyes.

What did you learn as a result? How did you grow as a result? Are you able to see that challenge as a blessing now that you can view it differently?

For our gratitude practice today, I want us to return to the present day.

What challenges are present in your life today? And how do they compare in size, in significance, in impact compared to the challenge you focused on from your childhood yesterday?

As we grow, we learn. And as we learn, we grow. Therefore, the challenges you are experiencing in life right now should be bigger than those you experienced as a child. However, regardless of their size, their impact, or their significance, you can overcome them because they will teach you how to change, how to adapt and how to grow in order to overcome them.

If you were not capable of overcoming the challenges placed before you throughout your life, they wouldn’t be placed before you. They come when you are ready.

Can you appreciate that the challenges you face today are helping you grow, change, adapt, and become better?

Can you appreciate that if you were still addressing the same type and size of challenges from your childhood that it would mean you maybe haven’t grown enough?

Can you therefore express gratitude for the challenges you face today and how they mould you and help you grow into an even better person?

Yesterday in our gratitude practice, we focused on the present day. I want to invite you, today, to remember the very recent past and compare it with the present day.

Often when we look back to the past, even the recent past, we look back with rose-tinted spectacles. We often see the present as being more challenging than the past – after all we made it successfully through the past, but we haven’t yet made it through the present.

I want you to pick out the memory of a challenge from your recent past that, now when you look back on it, doesn’t seem as difficult or challenging as you thought it was when you were going through it at the time.

Then I want you to recall that challenge in as much detail as possible, as if you’re re-experiencing it.

Do you notice how many difficult parts of that challenge you had pushed to the back of your mind and forgotten until you go through the memory and recall it in detail?

Can you see how much you grew as a result of that challenge and that, at the time, it was a challenge, not a mere walk in the park as your memory might now try to trick you into thinking?

Express your gratitude for that challenge and how it helped you grow so you can take on more challenges today. And thank your memory for trying to keep you safe, trying to get you to forget the difficult parts of that challenge so, today, you are more open to facing a challenge head-on rather than run away with it because when you first looked back at your past challenge it didn’t look that bad.

Relationships never run smooth. There are always ups and downs.

Whether you choose to focus on a current relationship or a past relationship, whether you choose to focus on a romantic relationship or a relationship you have with a parent, child or sibling, today I invite you to think of a challenge you've experienced in that relationship.

What did you learn from the challenge? How did you grow?

Looking back now, can you see that it came into your reality to help you grow and become a better person? Can you now embrace its lessons?

This week's gratitude focus has been intense and I want to commend you for sticking with it. That took courage.

As a result, you'll have grown more than you can ever realise at the moment.

You'll notice that growth, you'll notice that resilience, you'll notice that change in perception, outlook and attitude when you're next faced with a challenge or difficulty. Because when you're next met with a challenge, you'll accept the challenge and what you can learn from it. You'll look at it with different eyes. And that's growth.

So today, although we're still focusing on the challenges and difficulties, we're going to lighten things a little.

Today I want you to think of a challenge (or challenges) that you've faced in the past which you now look back and smile about. Challenges that seemed like mountains at the time but now look like small molehills. Challenges which, if they came into your reality today, would no longer look or feel like challenges.

Even if you can only think of one, it will show you how much you've changed and grown over the last few days and how much more positive your attitude has become.

You're stronger than you've ever been. Celebrate that. Celebrate how far your gratitude practice has come in one week and just think how far you can now take it.

I was going to suggest we end this challenging week of gratitude practice with a celebration but then I realised that, by now, you'll probably be looking back at your posts and revelations this week and not view your experiences as challenging, rather you'll view them as blessings.

So, rather than celebrate a challenging week of gratitude practice, let's celebrate a week when our gratitude practice took off into the stratosphere.

Today I invite you to express gratitude for what you've experienced and learned as a result of your gratitude practice this week.

Feel free to share your insights for each day's exercise in our Facebook group.

and let's not forget...

This week's high vibe tune reminds us to be brave and express gratitude everyday

have gratitude wherever you go...

... with this week's gratitude quote wallpaper.

Note: details of how to download this week's wallpaper is provided below.

“When you have courage to consistently express gratitude for everything you already have, the Universe will give you even more to be grateful for” ~ Clyde Lee Dennis

16:9

16:10

4:3

mobile

how to download your wallpaper

Before copying one of the pictures below, you'll want to quickly check your screen settings because the worst thing you can do is use a wallpaper with an aspect ratio that differs from the aspect ratio of your screen.

The aspect ratio of a rectangle is simply the proportion between width and height. The most common are 16:9, 16:10 and 4:3. And it will be for these 3 sizes that I shall provide you with your free wallpaper.

To find your screen resolution follow this basic guide. Steps for your computer may vary slightly but I hope this will give you some guidance:

  • Right-click the desktop and select Display settings.
  • Scroll down until you see "Resolution" (you may have to choose an "Advanced" option)
  • To find your aspect ratio, divide the width over the height. For example, if my resolution is 1920 x 1080 then I would divide 1920 over 1080 to get 1.778, which indicates a 16:9 resolution. Similarly, 1.6 indicated 16:10 and 1.333 indicates 4:3
  • When you've calculated your screen's aspect ratio, go to the picture below that matches that size
  • Right click on the picture and select "Set as Desktop Background"
  • Choose whether to "Fill", "Fit", or "Stretch" your picture - if you've chosen the right size "Fit" will be your best option
  • Select "Set Desktop Background" and you're done

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down on it until you see a menu.
  • From here, click the “Save image” tab, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by pressing and holding a blank area on your screen (meaning where no apps are placed), and home screen options will appear.
  • Select 'add wallpaper' and choose whether the wallpaper is intended for 'Home screen', 'Lock screen', or 'Home and lock screen'.
  • Another set of options will appear where you can choose where the photo you would like to use will be coming from, namely the Gallery.
  • If necessary, crop the image to a suitable size. Once satisfied, simply click 'Done'.

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down for about 2 seconds until a menu appears.
  • From here, click “Save Image“, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by, first, going to the 'Photos' app and selecting the wallpaper photo you've saved there.
  • Click on the share icon on the lower left corner of the screen, then select 'Use as Wallpaper'.
  • Then choose to set the photo as either the lock screen, home screen or both.