One of the reasons appreciation is such an effective and efficient mood lifter is that it returns us to the here and now. It cultivates presence and mindfulness.
You can’t be grateful and anxious at the same time.
Anxiety is often caused by attachment to unhappy stories you’re telling yourself about the past or unhealthy expectations you have about the future.
Unhealthy desires are the root of suffering and appreciation is the antidote to desire.
Gratitude helps you see there are opportunities in the obstacles before you and the silver linings of your situation.
Appreciation recognizes that you are not flawed or broken. You’re a work in progress.
What unhealthy stories based on your past are you ready to let go of? What outcomes beyond your control are you ready to detach from?
Let’s get where we’re going by starting where we are right now.
Excerpt from Onward: Where Certainty Ends Possibility Begins
Scott Perry - Chief Difference-Maker at Creative on Purpose.
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