Daksha Patel 
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Posts from August 2017

“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe” - Wayne Dyer 
Expressing Gratitude 
Many studies have proven that practicing daily gratitude can make you more resilient, feel more optimistic, creative, happier, determined, enthusiastic, energised, less stressed and build stronger relationships. 
According to Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine, authors of the book The Power of Thanks, "Gratitude magnifies the spirit and promotes well-being. In good times and bad, authentic appreciation creates perspective, literally stepping back from the distractions of the moment and affirming something more lasting than passing circumstance." 
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom” – Victor Frankl 
Did you know that chronic stress can shorten your life span by 4 to 8 years? 
When I came across this research, I was particularly interested because it related to caregivers. I’ve been a carer for most of my life. Firstly, for my younger brother who had Muscular Dystrophy and died at the age of 32 years and now for my mother for the past seven years. 
The reality is being a carer is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can be very rewarding and on the other hand it can be very challenging and stressful. 
As a carer, the emotions I experience can swing from one extreme to another. Feelings of frustration, resentment and despair when I feel a loss of personal freedom on one side. On the other side feelings of compassion, kindness and love for my mother knowing she has lost all of her independence and much more. 
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”- Aristotle 
I chose to focus on the words highlighted in red because this quote is about who you become because of the actions you take. What this also means is that you can become excellent at behaviours that don’t serve you. For example, complaining, procrastinating, doubting yourself, not believing in yourself etc. 
“The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step” – Lao Tzu 
Although this quote talks about journeys, which can be long or short, it can also be applied to goals, tasks and activities. When you think about it, they all require taking that first step, no matter how big or small. If you don’t take that first step, then it’s unlikely that you will accomplish what you set out to do. 
The first step you take doesn’t have to be complex or difficult. In fact, the simpler it is the more likely you are to take it. If it’s simple, it takes less willpower, motivation and energy.