The Gratitude Brigade Has a New Recruit

I haven’t been the biggest fan of the gratitude movement.  It just seemed odd to me to sit and list all the things I am grateful for. It felt a bit too girly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for a whole heap of things, but expressing that gratitude in such an overt manner felt uncomfortable.

I felt more comfortable taking it as an unstated given that I am grateful for all the good things in my life. But this morning I had a little epiphany.  Taking time to physically acknowledge what you are grateful for actually forces you to focus on what is good in your life.  And of course, what we focus on or think about most, we become and attract more of in our lives.

I suspect, like me, you are pretty busy during the day focusing on getting the job done, whatever that job might be.  You probably think a lot about what’s stressing you out and how you can’t wait to one day not have to be stressed out about those things.

And when you’re not focusing on what’s stressing you out, you’re probably like me, focusing on the mundane practical everything day things like what’s for dinner, or what bill needs paying or getting the hot water heater fixed or the car or whatever.

I guess the question is, how much time do we actually spend being explicitly grateful for the goodness in our lives, you know, the stuff that gives us energy to face all the other crazy stuff going on day to day.  I know I don’t. I just run at a thousand miles an hour all day until I collapse at the end of the night, extremely tired, so tired that it takes me like 2 seconds to fall asleep.

This morning though, I felt compelled to make a list of the things I am grateful for and it worked wonders on my mindset and attitude.  This simple exercise reminded me of what’s really important in my life.  It seems to me that the very things that are super important to us are the very things we take for granted. Time to honour those things instead.

Go for it.  Take a few moments now and list the things you are grateful for in your life.

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photo credit: via Shannon Krigen

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