Day 14: Don’t bang your head against a window.

A mother son moment of gratitude at Pro Elite Nutrition

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
~ Zig Ziglar

By Candice Davenport

As we have been going through this project, part of the practice is seeing things through a different lens. One that looks at the great and little things that make our lives pretty special and rare. So we get the pleasure every once in a while to be there, either behind the window or right next to a person staring at an open canvas of window and they laugh embarrassingly and say, “I don’t know what to write!” Suddenly there is pressure to perform, pressure to write something profound and epic. And a wave of disappointment may wash over their face for one second, disheartened that they really have nothing to be thankful for.

But wait…it’s coming.

Some people put it down. Walk away from the experience. The moment creates too much ‘thought’. I am here to say, ‘folks, come back. You just have not been given enough opportunities to practice! Try again.’

And then, we see it. That moment, where a grateful thought comes into the person’s head and they start to smile. Not only are they smiling but they are radiating joy. Pure energy. And as we watch them we are watching the concentration of a child as they write down as best as they can, “I am grateful for my mommy” or tears in their eyes when they say “I am grateful for a roof over my head”. We hear the laughter when someone reads a child’s entry, “I am grateful I can fart and my family” and we see the joy when a person seizes the moment to acknowledge: “I am grateful for my life (with a heart)”

So as you walk by one of the participating store fronts or by our library or cruising the web and find our blog (which is like a virtual window), consider this an invitation.  Don’t bang your head against the window. Don’t turn away.
Just wait.  The inspiration is coming.

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11 thoughts on “Day 14: Don’t bang your head against a window.

  1. Beautiful Candice. Thank you!! In this moment I am grateful for stretching beyond my comfort zone last night, for my meditation class I will attend shortly and for Amelie showering on her own for picture day this morning. Lucila

  2. I am grateful for the woman who taught me over and over again during the last three days to remove myself and focus on her as a person who wants to be loved just as much as I do. I am taking in that this is a process and not an instant fix.

    • What a beautiful thing to do…to focus on others wish to be happy just like you. And how wise to look at it as a process. It’s so easy to want the easy fix and be disappointed time and time again. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Today I am grateful that I actually have time for myself to DO NOTHING and RELAX. I struggle with relaxing. I am trying to get use to all the free time that I have in my life and not be “upset” that I actually have no plans or nothing to do. I am gong to focus my weekend on ME and actually relaxing!

    • We were just talking about this in one of my meditation classes this week. Many of us in the class are mothers who struggle to take time to rest. Yet, without rest, we can”t give; the tank is empty. It’s so interesting how can we get upset about having nothing to do. What we focus on is what we get so way to go for focusing on the available time you have as a positive rather than a negative. Having said that, can we trade? 🙂

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