Why do we always wish for more? I can’t be the only one guilty of sitting back and thinking if only…. I had a bigger house, an extra bathroom, more money, a nicer car. When in reality I should really be remembering the many things I have to be grateful for.
One of the things I have tried implementing this year is waking up with a list of things I am thankful for. I start with a few big things and end with smaller things. For example, my list for today is;
I am grateful for:
The sandwich my children made me when I was ill last week
A smile from a stranger at the grocery store
Every day I strive to come up with different things to be appreciative of. I write my lists down into a notebook I keep by my bed. I try to remember all the different people in my life and how they impact me as a person. For example, I could write something like, Sarah took time out of her day to send me a nice message. She uplifts me because of her attitude and for that I am grateful. If I get stuck writing things down I try to look at the good things in my life as gifts and remember to be mindful of negative issues or outcomes I avoided and write those down as well. Being grateful for opportunities of growth through trials is definitely something I am still working on.
I have noticed that since I have begun focusing more on my blessings rather than all the things I don’t have, I am in a better mindset each day. I look at how wonderful my life is instead of how great it could be. I have stopped wishing for more and have instead learned to be content and grateful for what I do have.
So when you begin your day tomorrow I challenge you to start your own ‘gratitude journal.’ Take a few minutes to just remember how blessed you are. When you begin to see all the goodness surrounding you, your life will take on new meaning.