My name means God is full of Grace. If you believe in the power of words, in the power of sounds, your name can draw your destiny. My name does.
Grace was once explained to me in a very simple way:
Justice is when you make a mistake and the judge gives you the punishment you deserve
Mercy is when you make a mistake and the judge doesn’t give you the punishment you deserve, he forgives your mistake.
Grace is when you make a mistake, the judge forgives your mistake and doesn’t punish you as you’d deserve and gives you a present also.
This is how my life has been. Not necessarily a continuous series of mistakes, but a continuous series of presents that I didn’t earn in any way.
Week 5 in the Kindness Challenge was about gratitude and it’s importance. The importance of stepping back and observing all the things that you can be grateful for, all the people that helped you be who you are and how to be content with the present moment.
But literally everything I’ve lived was a gift for me. I am grateful for everything. Constantly. The list is so big I’ll have to make a different post about them. Of course, writing them down or just taking the time to be thankful daily can make such a difference in your day and in your focus. Such an effective exercise – to give your mind the habit of reaching for gratitude instead of complaining and disappointment. You gotta try it yourself.
I also have to mention there’s another thing I realised last week. Among all the videos Niki shared, there were some interesting points made on mindfulness and I went back to Shawn Achor’s theory on The Happiness Advantage and it just put everything in a different light. So much so that I am seriously considering readapting some of my teaching methods. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look, if nothing else, you’ll have a good laugh, the guy is hilarious.