Life Notes

Let Go of Certainty

We live in an age that struggles with uncertainty. We want answers to everything – all of our questions and uncertainties. And when we don’t have the answers, the result is often fear. This is true for our personal lives as well. We want to know … that everything will turn out okay, that we […]

You Don’t Need to be Perfect!

Perfectionism and a feeling of unworthiness go hand-in-hand. When you feel unworthy, you strive to be perfect. If I do everything perfectly, then I will be loved and accepted! If I can be the best mom, the most tireless volunteer, the hardest worker, and do it all perfectly, I will be worthy. So what is […]

Be True to Yourself

We’ve all heard (and probably repeated) the mantra: Be true to yourself. To yourself be true. Be authentic. It sounds easy. But the reality is that it is hard. It takes courage. And hard work. As E. E. Cummings wrote, “To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to […]

Pause, Breathe & Count Your Blessings

If you are anything like me, you sometimes get the feeling that you are like the hamster caught in the wheel, spinning round and round and not getting anywhere. This time of year is always so hectic – year-end recitals, spring sports, field trips, booking kids summer camps, planning summer vacations and getting through the […]

The Perfect Woman?

Last week I wrote a list of qualities women would like to see in their perfect man. Of course, the list was done in a sense of fun, although many of those desired qualities really resonate with us as women. But it did get me thinking – what qualities would a man want to see […]

The Perfect Man!

This week I released my book, Bound by a Dragon (if you haven’t yet checked it out, head over to my website, www.lindakhopkins.com to find out how you can download it for free until the end of the week). Since my book is a romance, I thought it would be fun to do something a […]

We all want to live a life of joy, but there seems to be one thing that is consistently connected to a life of joy.

Gratitude.

And what better time to focus on gratitude than during the Easter season, when we remember the greatest gift ever given?

And yet gratitude is more than just an attitude. It is a discipline. It takes practice.

“It seems that gratitude without practice is like faith without works – it’s not alive.” Brené Brown.

So what does gratitude look like? It is easy to be grateful for the obvious things – recovery from an illness, a brand-new healthy baby, a promotion. Tommy Newberry (author of The 4:8 Principle) calls this type of gratitude ‘routine’.

But if we want to live a life filled with joy, we need to learn to feel gratitude for the little things in life.

Like smiles. Music. And washing machines.

We need to show gratitude for the people in our lives.

Tell them that you love and appreciate them.

We need to appreciate and show gratitude for the things we take for granted.

Like the mountains, sunshine, and life.

But gratitude takes discipline and practice. What will it take for you to develop a life of gratitude?

“Assume the attitude, though you have it not.” William Shakespeare.

 

 

You Aren’t Negative, Are You?

Stupid and ugly Idiot Fool Pompous hypocrite Moron Intellectually deficient Coward Shameful Ignorant Pretty nasty words, right? These words were all taken from comments to an online news article where people disagreed with the opinions of others. And as you can imagine, these weren’t even the worst! And all of these words are aimed at […]

Do You Know Your Worth?

We don’t have to look too far or listen too long to know what society measures our worth against – the amount of money we earn, the jobs that we do, how busy we are. And although these things are not bad in and of themselves, they are not trustworthy measures of our worth. Rather […]

When Last Did You Jump on the Trampoline?

Are you living your life from one high to the next, and missing out on the moments in between? Do you take the time to enjoy the small moments, or just wait for the next big event. This was the subject of a guest posting I did for The Self Improvement Blog. Click on this […]