Is Gratitude boasting?

Is Gratitude boasting?

You may not know that I’ve just come back from Thailand. Why didn’t I tell you this? Why was my Instagram account not flooded with beach images and me doing a yoga backbend on the shoreline as the sun sets?

Why? I was caught up in my thinking about Gratitude.

I knew that as I was experiencing 40 degree heat, Europe was struggling to lift itself out of Winter/Spring. Any beautiful sun filled photographs would surely rub it in.

I was afraid. I was afraid to upset people. I was afraid to remind them of their lack of sun in comparison to my over abundance of the hot stuff.

I was wrong.

As it turns out, people wanted to see the beach, the sea and endless blue skies. Where are the photos Tammy? Where are the bare feet in the sand? Why are you hiding?

I am learning all the time about Gratitude. I am learning not to limit myself, to turn down the light of my experience. I was overflowing with gratitude in Thailand: the beach was gorgeous, the sea was perfect and the sky was blue (and the cocktails flowed!).

In the future, if I am grateful, if I am happy, I am not going to turn the volume down on my experience through fear of offending or upsetting anyone. It is OK to be happy! I cannot predict what thinking people are going to have about me: it is none of my business. My only job is to show up in the world 100%.

Are you afraid that if you sound grateful, it will seem like boasting? Are you turning the volume down on your ‘happy’ to please others?

What if, by openly being grateful and sharing with the world, we could increase people’s gratitude rather than limit it? What if, whatever we have to show is just perfect as it is? Everything else is personal thinking!

So just be.

Be it on a beach or under a cloud on a rainy European day.

In Gratitude

Tammy

…and if your life is truly missing some yoga at sunset ……here you go ….the wonderful JP Sears

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6 Comments

  1. Especially with this weather, badi season, yoga, tennis, and soaking it all in lake side, I am seriously grateful and full of gratitude right now. The sun helps. I love feeling grateful and when I’m full of positive energy, there is little room to let the negative in. When the weather was crummy last week I was feeling down and realized I needed to say no to any negative obligations in my life and make sure I’m saying yes to the positive. So I think gratitude and being grateful and positive is something to work on constantly.

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    • You are reminding me to put together a post about Gratitude when it is rainy and life looks grey! There is definitely a discussion to be had about the ease of Gratitude on a sunny day 😉

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  2. Yes!! This is how I often feel when I talk about living as an expat and why I don’t update my blog with all the things we’ve been up to! I don’t want people to roll their eyes and think I’m bragging or boasting! I’d love to see your Thailand photos, too!

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    • I am sure a few might leak onto here as I keep blogging!

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  3. great post! And I had no idea you were in Thailand!! I think that we can have two frames of mind to seeing those kind of photo’s. One is sharing the joy of the other person, and having our dreams sparked of the wonderful possibilities in the world. It can be nice to see that and dream. The other is that kind of jealous, negative thinking that how come they get to enjoy this wonderful time while we’re suffering in the cold. When people share those kind of holiday snaps, I love it when they add some humour that they are deliberatly trying to rub it in our faces etc. That takes the edge off and can stop us from thinking they are just a show off!

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    • I think starting with “nar nar na nar nar!” might not be the best way to lighten people’s hearts!!! Lol!!

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