Live in Gratitude, Live in Peace

On Sunday – Easter Sunday – there was an attack in Sri Lanka, targeting churches and hotels as people celebrated and worshiped the day. This was my response on FB:

“What is wrong with the world? Why are we SO AGAINST differences and feel that going to these lengths is going to accomplish anything? Seriously! Stop being a BULLY! If you feel that this is what your faith wants – to be a monster – then find another faith! If you live your life with compassion and gratitude, then you’d never be able to harm another. Please THINK before you blindly follow anything or anyone!”

Over 200 people died and over 400 injured (not certain at the numbers, 24 hours later) in this coordinated attack. And why? Because they didn’t “appropriately” practice their faith.

WHY?! Why does it matter? Why does everyone have to express their faith the same? Why does one faith believe others deserve to be punished if it’s not the same? I’ve always said that all religions, fundamentally, are the same. Ultimately, whoever or whatever you believe/worship wants what’s best for the followers. Yes, there’s going to be differences, obviously, but I’m certain that there is more “love thy neighbor” than “kill non-believers”.

I’m not religious. I’m so far from an expert on any religion it’s ridiculous. I simply can’t believe there would be a religion that expects their followers to kill. I know it’s a small group of extremists that perform these terror attacks, but it needs to stop! If we could put aside differences, then – and only then – can we have coordinated efforts to discuss and prevent bigger issues, like environmental destruction and deterioration as it involves everyone and we ALL need to come together to solve this problem.

The first step in the right direction is to work on ourselves – and the best way to do that is to live in gratitude. If we can stop being so narrow minded and open our eyes to the bigger picture, we can work our way to a healthy life. And I’m not talking about achieving a healthy body – though that is important – but a healthy environment.

Happiness doesn’t bring gratitude; gratitude brings happiness.

You’ve heard of the saying “Money can’t buy you happiness”? If you can’t be happy with what you have, you won’t be happy with more. Instead of complaining about your job, be grateful that you have one. Don’t complain about where you live, be grateful for having a roof over your head. Don’t wish that you could afford the latest styles, be grateful that you have clean clothes on your back.

“We hold the key to lasting happiness in our own hands. For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us grateful.”

~Brene Brown

I know it’s hard – especially when it feels like everything is working against us, but shifting the narrative to something positive will drastically change your life. The more you live in gratitude, the more it’ll spill out to other people and other areas of your life.

Now what would happen if everyone lived in a habit of gratitude? With gratitude comes compassion and empathy. With that, it brings the desire to help others in a positive way. I’m so grateful for everything I have in my life, I want to pass on that joy. I want to show that no matter what, you can accomplish great things when you’re in the right mindset.

And, hopefully, passing that joy on, includes the Earth, because she needs everyone’s help. Even if you feel there’s nothing you can do, think again. Stop using single-use plastics. Be aware of what goes down the drains – from dish detergent to soaps, shampoos, to car wash cleaners. And have you thought about applying sunscreen before going swimming? Why do you think you should reapply after swimming? Because it gets washed off in the water. Does it have chemicals in it? And if so, why are even you putting it on your skin?

I am so grateful that there’s so many people out there who are living in gratitude and awareness of themselves and the environment. There’s so many resources out there, all you have to do is look!

Live in gratitude. When you live in gratitude, there’s no room for hate, pity, sadness. When you live in gratitude, you bring joy to your world and want to improve it. When you live in gratitude, you can’t hurt anyone.

What are you grateful for?

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