What Will Your Future Self be Grateful For?

28 November, 2014 (17:10) | healthy living, joy, life balance, mindfulness practice, Uncategorized | By: lifecoach

As my 54th birthday approaches, I find myself pondering on the meaning of life, and what I’ve yet to accomplish in the decades to come.  Looking back, it can be tempting for me to say things like: if only I knew this/did this when I was 34, or 24.  

Woman looking down roadI recently read that if we visualize ourselves several years into the future, we are apt to make healthier choices now.  Since Thanksgiving is upon us, I decided to visit the topic of gratitude through the eyes of my future self.  I’ve asked myself what do I want to be grateful for when I’m 74?  What are those choices I want to make now, that I will be grateful for in the future?

Here are some things I want my future self to be able to say:

  • I’m grateful that I curbed my spending enough to allow me an abundant and worry-free retirement.
  • I’m grateful I continued to eat healthy, and stuck to an exercise routine because my body is still strong and flexible.
  • I’m grateful to have spend many meaningful moments with loved ones, and look forward to many more!
  • I’m grateful I maintained a regular meditation practice because my mind remains creative and clear.
  • I’m grateful I stood strong on my values, and created healthy boundaries about what I was willing or not willing to do.
  • I’m grateful I took the necessary risks in order to become the world changer I wanted to be.
  • I’m grateful I remained steadfast in my faith in God.

As you go through your week, consider spending a few moments visualizing your future self.  What do you want her/him to say to you now about the current choices you are making?  What will they be most grateful for?  Remember, you always only have THIS moment.  You can choose what to do with it.

I wish you and your family a joyous, and abundant Thanksgiving, filled with special times with the people who are most important in your life.

Much Love!

Beautiful Words
“There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which itself is breathless and beautiful.” ~Howard Thurman

Great Movie
The Theory of EverythingBeautifully acted, and in my opinion wonderfully cast, “The Theory of Everything” is a powerful story about love, determination, and living a life of meaning in spite of a tragic disease.  The story reveals the amazing resiliency of the human spirit when we are clear about what we’ve been put on this earth to do.  I highly recommend it!


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