Today marked a pivotal moment in my GRATITUDE journey,
as I signed the papers-
SELLING a piece of River-front property, I once dearly LOVED.
BUT... thanks to a truly "CHANGED" brain,
my entire perspective toward this day was ALTERED!
When my ex-husband and I bought this land, over a decade ago,
we had BIG plans to one day move here
and live a life with a water front view.
I love the WATER!
I love the sound it makes as it flows
and the way it glistens in the sunlight.
I love to watch the movement of a river
and how the currents are gentle but always flowing.
I love the smell of water (especially after it rains),
and I love to float in the water with beams of glowing heat on my skin.
"And this afternoon.... those moments were over!
However, I can truly say....
I did them with a smile on my face
and a warmth in my heart.
Because, today, I was keenly aware
of how the practice of GRATITUDE has changed me.
Rather than being sad about
all the things I would no longer be able to do on this water,
or all the plans that went by the way-side...
I was honestly filled with a sense of peace,
knowing I still have things more wonderful
than I can imaging yet ahead.
It was in the exact moment that I signed my name
on the final line, that I felt one of
the most POWERFUL moments of GRATITUDE I have ever felt...
when I "Released" this property
as a GIFT of love for those who will come next.
I closed my eyes and wished them wonderful days of sunshine, love and water.
I felt my heart FILL past overflow with sincere blessings
for the many wonderful memories
they will surely have along the water's edge.
I walked out of that Title company office
glowing with a pure sense of TRANSFORMATION.
My heart knew that just a few short years ago
I wouldn't have been able to "FEEL" this way.
And rather than feeling sad,
I am almost giddy with joy for what lies ahead
for my family as we look forward
to all the incredible things yet to come.
I saw so clearly today what the Bible says about
"Letting go of those things which are behind
and reaching forward to that which lies ahead."
So.... it is with GREAT Anticipation that I reach forward
with an overflowing peace
knowing my steps were planned for me long ago,
and it is up to me to BE GRATEFUL for the journey.
I treasure every wonderful memory I had on the banks of this RIVER,
but know beyond a shadow of a doubt
that I have wonderful memories on the road ahead.
GRATITUDE has taught me many lessons over the last few years,
but none as POWERFUL as what I witnessed within my own heart today.
Sometimes life doesn't turn out like you planned....
but did you ever stop and think
that THERE IS SOMETHING more incredible
than you could have imagined still in front of you.
When we hold on to bitterness, sadness and resentment,
we have no hands left to grab the glory that stands ahead.
What are you holding on to that is stealing your joy?
My greatest advice is to BLESS and Release it.
May we all walk forward in our journeys ahead
with a clean heart and a GRATEFUL mind.
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!