I've noticed the recent phenomenon on social networking sites of people listing one thing they're grateful for each day in November, you know, since it's the month of Thanks and all. Grateful for their children, their iPhone, their dog, Pandora (I'll agree with that one... and I'll add Bluetooth, oh, and car seat heaters...)... the lists are endless.
Shouldn't we be grateful 365 days a year?
We all overlook it. We get caught up in the day-to-day hectic-ness of life, which generally causes stress and frustration, and we forget. We forget how fortunate we truly are.
One of my favorite books is "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill - but to me, and I think to the author, "rich" doesn't necessarily mean rich with money. "Rich" means whatever enriches your life and your soul. If you put the thought - the intention - out there in your heart and mind - and you truly want it, it will happen. You'll be given the way to make it happen. It won't always be easy. But if it's meant to be, you'll do it.
When I first decided to try a career in voice over, I read "The Secret" and watched the movie, too. And, I don't know why because I'm not one to "fall" for the hokey and cheesy sales pitches - but, I was sold. There was just something about the optimism - the hope and faith and belief that yes, you CAN have what you want, if you know what it is.
Days later, I sat on my living room floor, with poster board, magazines, glue sticks and scissors, and created a vision board (and I still create new ones every once in a while), and a gratitude board, too.
I believe by having gratitude for what we have, we end up being blessed with even more than we ever imagined we could be.
I manifested what I wanted. That doesn't mean reciting a mantra of requests for an hour a day. I worked at it. Hard. Every day. In my spare time when I wasn't working my day job, I spent hours upon hours in a 3x8 closet converted into a studio. I took classes. I read every book I could on the subject of voice over. I listened and learned from people in the business, at all levels... not just the pros. I auditioned for hundreds of gigs, I'm sure, and landed very, very few (but auditioning is practice!). I was even fired from my first job after recording it... devastated, yes, but I kept trying. Today, I really do pinch myself pretty regularly because I just can't believe it happened - I have a career in voice over. It really happened, and continues to.
So, here, in this month of thanks, I'm going to take some time to recount what I'm grateful for. Since everyone else is making a list, I will too!
I am grateful for:
-the fact that I'm breathing
-grace (this is a big one - not sure anyone ever fully "accomplishes" grace, but I'm grateful when I am able to live gracefully)
-faith and hope,
-someone up above looking out for me. For the first time in my life, I recently doubted this, but realize now that even when things are at their darkest, someone was watching out for me.
-being able to make myself vulnerable and take risks
-my mind and the ability to use my brain to think and reason and to create in both voice and written word - things I love to do,
-which in turn, provide me the ability to have my career,
-and that, in turn provides a home I call my own, and all the "luxuries" I enjoy (not that they're important in the big scheme, but I'm VERY grateful I'm not living in a refrigerator box),
-my ability to talk, walk, see, hear, taste, touch, feel and function healthily,
-people who love and care about me,
-the opportunity to volunteer with kids in my spare time (and to have spare time), and hopefully make some sort of difference in their lives.
Come to think of it, it's time to create a new Vision Board! Interestingly, though, my wants these days are pretty few. But, I am pursuing a new hobby I'm excited about. So, it's not a bad idea to make that intention "official" on a Vision Board. Off to find that glue stick and scissors...