Mastering The New Year’s Life With Gratitude

I am starting this new year off with thoughts of gratitude. We all walk our life’s path the way we choose to. And no matter what happens along the way, we get to decide if our journey will be joyful, sad, angry or loving. We decide in every moment by that attitude we take toward everything. How we approach what we experience is our choice. So when we choose to tell a story in a way that makes us feel grateful and good, then we create this meaning for that part of our lives. This year I am grateful for where I am. I am grateful for who I am. And I am grateful everything that has and is coming to me.

Mastering this life experience through the creative process of our lives is a magical journey for me. When I do it in ways that delight me, it makes any struggle or challenge I face worth every bit of my energy. But when I feel upset and less than my fuller self, then no amount of effort is worth what I receive. So to encourage my gratitude, I remind myself daily that everything I encounter is good and necessary. I don’t have to like every aspect of my experience or even understand completely all the details, I just have to embrace that I do not know everything nor can I see how everything may fit into the good design of my life. I keep my perspective on the good feeling parts of my experience. And when it gets too difficult for me to do this, I simply turn away. My energy is mine to give and mine to offer. I must always ask myself “Is my perspective allowing my wellbeing?” If it is not, then I can turn away or change my point of view. The kind of life mastery I seek is the kind that allows my wellbeing to always flow through me. For me, when I am feeling my wellbeing I am feeling good, I am feeling loving, I am feeling excited and fun. I know this because my wellbeing is a part of me, it is who I am. I am love. I am joy. I am so very good.

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.