Earlier this week I touched on the subject of gratitude. I am so grateful for all that I have and all the experiences I have had in my life. I am one of the lucky ones who married early and found the one person with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life.
Unfortunately, ill-health took my husband and left me to manage and navigate the rest of my life on my own. But I am profoundly grateful that I found that one man.
I am grateful for my two adult children and their four strong sons; I am grateful for the support offered by my wonderful family and friends. I could continue in this vein for pages but that would bore you.
So what I am now suggesting you do is get a piece of paper and write down all the things for which you are grateful. Don’t forget to add the small things; we all have so many reasons to be grateful.
Here, to get you started is the beginning of a list
- The warm and dry house that protects me from the elements
- Wonderful friends
- My caring and supportive family
- Fresh water to drink
- Ability to walk
- Food to put on the table
- The money in the bank
- Living in a free country
Now you get the idea start compiling your own list. Don’t be surprised if this runs to around a hundred things to be grateful for.
I also tell my family and my clients that you have a gratitude muscle that needs to be exercised just as the other muscles in your body. Each day take a look at your list and add anything you remember to it. Then at the end of each day write a list of the five things for which you are most grateful.
And even if you have had a bad day, just persevere and you will find some things to be grateful for.