If you are able to read this, you are more fortunate than 3 billion other people in the world today.
Are you grateful for something today? Think of some things that you feel good about in your life. Then write them down.
It’s not a new concept, of course. Call it a ‘gratitude journal’, ‘abundance diary’, whatever. But writing down the things that make you happy or that you feel grateful for in your life helps to remind you to be thankful to be living in your situation right now.
It seems odd that we need to be reminded if this, doesn’t it? I mean, we don’t have to look very far to find those that are less fortunate. Where I live, I see people every day who live outdoors. The people here are very good at recycling, but we all know that if we are walking and we finish off a can or bottle of drink, we can just leave the empty container on top of the next municipal garbage can, and five minutes later it will be picked up by someone who will collect the deposit.
You don’t necessarily need to write down ten things, as a lot of so-called ‘gurus’ would have you do. You don’t even have to write them if you don’t want to. I write mine down, just because it helps me to solidify the things in my mind. However, I write them on sticky notes and post them to the bathroom mirror. Every now and then I toss the notes out and start over. That way, it doesn’t feel like a chore, like I have to come up with new things every day. It’s not a school assignment or a writing challenge. Most days, the thing that tops my list is a sunset. I go sit under them as much as possible and watch as the earth turns away from daylight one more time, feeling grateful that I got to go for another spin.
Think about the little things that make you feel good. Don’t feel silly for putting something on your list; it’s all yours and no one else needs to see it. Like most things, writing a gratitude list becomes easier the more you do it. Start on day 1 with one thing. Think about it now – what one thing are you grateful for today? A cup of coffee? Shoes that fit well? How about the fact that you have access to coffee, or that you have shoes? How about the fact that you can see, or hear, or walk, or talk? See how easy it is to be grateful?
You are a very fortunate person. You have a great life. You have a home with food in the cupboards. You have money in your wallet. People love you and you love them. As you fall asleep tonight in your soft, warm bed, think about the things that you love and feel grateful. I know I will.