What’s on your gratitude list?
A few months back a dear friend and I were having a deep conversation on life and she asked me if I had ever made a gratitude list.
I thought to myself “ What am I grateful for today!?“
I really had to stop and think about this one…. Not too hard but it made me stop to think.
I thought “ Well my phone that I can connect to my family with, my close friends that have become family, my home” and left it there. She suggested each morning first thing to write down five things I’m grateful for.
I actually attempted this suggestion mainly on the train on my way to work.
Now I’ll admit the first few weeks trying this out I didn’t do it every day,
My lists were extremely basic…… and I mean basic!
But I noticed a sense of awareness to those things I wrote and it made me smile more having that awareness. Having a busy life all over New York City constantly surrounded by people in a hurry on the street, frankly we all can benefit from a simple practice that could make us smile more.
Louise Hay’s meditations on youtube were also suggested to me in a talk on life with another friend, my mind and sense of gratefulness opened even more.
She talks about being grateful for you're plumbing, your fridge, your tooth brush, the fact that you woke up today. All simple things I know I was guilty of taking for granted.
From there my mind opened up even more.
Here is a glimpse in to what mine may look like, each day my list changes but most days they can be similar but most days it looks like this.
Today I am grateful for my home
My computer that allows me to connect and stay organized
My health insurance ( I didn’t always have this luxury ) and yes it is a luxury.
Today I woke up with the ability to walk, talk, and live on my own.
Like I said from the start I keep it pretty simple and that’s without me adding my family and close friends, my job, or my abilities that don’t tie me down to just one job.
This is a little snippet of encouragement to try this out for yourself, all you need is the notes section on your phone or if your real daring a notebook and a pen. I feel the pen to paper connection is really valuable here but you do what your little heart desires.
This is one free exercise for your mind that might actually make you feel better so try it!
With a lot of love,