Without gratitude, it’s easy for us to focus on our struggles in life. Living with a disability seems like a great excuse for us to get bogged down by negativity, to brood over how simple tasks can be a lot more difficult or even impossible for us to do on our own.
This difficulty is not something we choose to dwell on and we discourage others from focusing on it, but we have to acknowledge that it exists. Sometimes living in the shadow of frustration at what we can’t do is much more crippling than our inability to walk.
A listener drew our attention to an episode of the Freakonomics podcast, “Why Is My Life So Hard?” This podcast uses the terms “headwinds” to describe the oncoming obstacles in front of you; the things that make life challenging. “Tailwinds,” on the other hand, are mentioned as the times in our lives when all of the work we put in to overcome the headwinds gives us a sense of relief and rest as we move forward.
Unfortunately, in life, like that Freakonomics episode points out, the moments of tailwinds in our lives are often unnoticed, leaving us only aware of the difficulties facing headwinds.
Living with urgency, which we try to both do and promote through this podcast, cannot be done when we only focus on the negative aspects of life. We need to be absolutely aware of the hardships; we cannot close our eyes and wish them away. We are at once obligated to respect the struggle, and to look beyond it.
And one of the best ways we’ve found to do that is with gratitude.
To use gratitude to bust your funk, we’ve come up with 3 simple steps.
- Be thankful- Think about it, be aware (acknowledging both the positives and negatives of the state you find yourself in) and reflect on what you are grateful for
- Write. It. Down.
- Take action.
We have two ways that’d we’d like you to join us in being a little more grateful in our day-to-day lives.
- Don’t Forget the Crew is a fun way to actively show appreciation to others in life that make you comfortable, happy, safe, satisfied, and taken care of. More details in the episode and on the website: dontforgetthecrew.com.
- 2DD Challenge: One Thank-You card written each day for a month. If you want to join us, please do so! Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Thank you for being on this journey with us!
One of the videos Sean mentions in this episode: “Getting stuck in the negatives and how to get unstuck” by Alison Ledgerwood.