30 Day Attitude of Gratitude Challenge Day 12

First…. 

Tonight’s quote is from a Google search and was prompted by searching for life quotes and rain. I initially thought about the quote, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Although I like that quote and even have it as my Facebook Cover on my personal page (See FB cover). But in searching I found the quote that I chose and thought it had more of what I was looking for in this post.

The Quote…

The quote I chose this evening is:

 

“Laugh your heart out, dance in the rain, cherish the moment, ignore the pain, live, laugh, love, forgive and forget, life’s too short to be living with regrets.“~ Anonymous

Lessons…

 

The quote has several parts that I want to write about tonight. Although it isn’t listed as a “gratitude” quote, it certainly has the spirit of celebration, thankfulness, and positive thoughts needed for gratitude. The first part of the quote says, “Laugh your heart out, dance in the rain, cherish the moment,” The quote starts by telling me to laugh my heart out showing that laughter is important to my heart. I don’t know about you, but I tend to take things a little too seriously. It probably is a hangover from working as a nurse for 30 plus years and being responsible for their care and outcome of their illness. Anyway, I am reminded to not take things so seriously that I forget to laugh. It goes on to give an example of “dance in the rain” and “cherish the moment” both emphasizing the experience and paying attention to that experience and staying in the moment, present.

The next part of the quote says, “ignore the pain, live, laugh, love, forgive and forget,” stating that I should ignore the pain which is hard for me to do as I live in continuous pain from Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. However, my pain is better controlled with my medication and I believe this part of the quote does not mean ignore the pain completely but focus on other things like, “live, laugh, love,” whereby I continue to live my life, laugh (again, not too serious) and love (focus on others, not myself so much). Very easy to say but not so easy to do unless I cultivate an attitude of gratitude for what I have in my life. Forming the habit of continual gratitude takes some repetition, but like any habit, it is in place after three weeks of practice. Then this part of the quote says to “forgive and forget.” What does forgiveness have to do with this whole attitude of gratitude idea? I think that when I forgive it is more for me so that I don’t carry around anger, resentment toward someone that harms me emotionally. Forgetting, I believe has to do with your focus again. Putting the offense in perspective allows me to focus on more positive things in my life. As an example, will I ever completely forget my abuse history and what it did to me? No. But I can put it in its place, in the past and only visit the abuse by choice like when I am writing about it.

The last part of the quote says,life’s too short to be living with regrets.” This part reminds me to live my life because life is finite, for only a short time in the grand scheme of things. And because life is too short, I am reminded to live my life and avoid living with regrets because I did not listen to this quote and act accordingly. Summarizing, laughter, living, staying centered in the moment, dancing (celebration) and forgiveness are all choices that I make in living my life. To ignore one is to ignore all of them and harms me more than others.

What about you. Are you ready to “Laugh your heart out, dance in the rain, cherish the moment, ignore the pain, live, laugh, love, forgive and forget, life’s too short to be living with regrets.”?

Remember, it is your choice but life is short.

Gratitude List…

  1. Thankful for this quote tonight that reminds me how to live a life of gratitude.
  2. Thankful for laughter, love, and rain dancing in my life.
  3. Grateful for things that I have in my life that help me to cultivate the habit of gratitude.
  4. Grateful for my writing and the release that it brings so that I can practice forgiveness.
  5. Thankful to God (my Higher Power) for leading me in the path of gratitude and forgiveness.

Take care and I will see you tomorrow,

Susan…