“A Tale of T-Tapp Thankfulness”
by Charlotte Siems
Many years ago my children made a home movie of themselves called “A Tale of Thankfulness.” It was a hilarious video about two ungrateful children who heard the story of two poor children who were robbed and treated roughly by Black Eye, a robber bad guy. Of course they were saved in the end, and Black Eye went on to appear in sequels, along with his gang “The Blackeyed Peas.” Black Eye is now a freshman in college who has mended his ways. Sort of. But the lessons of thankfulness continue, as I’ve learned over the years to cultivate a grateful spirit.
On the road to our inch loss goals, we can get discouraged and a little annoyed. “Hurry up already and get to a size 10.” “I’m stuck.” “I’ve lost 12″ but I haven’t lost a size yet.” These frustrated thoughts are understandable, especially when we’re tired or impatient. It doesn’t seem fair that we worked so hard and didn’t get the results we hoped for.
Next time you feel the despair creeping in, stop those thoughts in their tracks. You don’t have control over the thoughts that pop into your head, but you don’t have to water and fertilize them. Take the initial negative thought and turn it into gratefulness. “Hurry up already and get to a size 10” turns into “This is taking a little longer than I expected, but I’m up for the challenge!” “I’m stuck” becomes “My body is rehabilitating from the inside out. I can’t wait to see what happens!” Disappointment with the out-of-reach size is changed to “The size 14’s are next! I’ll be there soon.” You’re not telling yourself a lie. Your brain would recognize the disconnect and feel confused. Instead you are choosing to focus on the dream instead of the despair. Then your brain (and body) is free to find ways to make it happen.
Thanksgiving week (in the U.S.) is a great time to focus on being thankful. Thank your body for serving you well. You are breathing and moving today. Thank your body for healing. It just might thank you back with a surprise.
I’d love to hear your tales of T-Tapp thankfulness. Post a comment and tell us what you are grateful for!