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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
– Melody Beattie
We live in a society that is focused on instant gratification and entitlement. People end up focusing so much on what they should have, what they deserve, and what they don’t have that they forget to appreciate what they do have.
There is nothing wrong with wanting things. There is nothing wrong with wanting a better, more comfortable life. There is nothing wrong with ambition, in fact, healthy ambition is good. It encourages you to push yourself, to be the best you can be. But in pursuing our wants and wishes, we need to remember what we have.
I recently watched The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Lovely movie. But the main character, now having achieved one of his main goals – the woman of his dreams, is so hell bent on pursuing his ambition for expansion that he is losing sight of what he has. He’s not the only one. We all do it. Particularly those of us who are driven and ambitious. We keep diving from one project to next, always in search for that next step that will take us closer to where we want to be.
But we need to remember….we are here now. Right now is all we have, because no one knows how many tomorrows are left.
So we need to value the now.
We need to appreciate it.
We need to be grateful for the things we have, and the people who are with us.
Keeping a gratitude journal is one of the best ways to do it. Whether you keep a separate journal, or just include gratitude in your regular journal, it doesn’t matter. Do what works best for you.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, or overly sentimental, or elaborate. A simple sentence that starts with “I am thankful for…” or “I’m grateful…” is enough.
Think about everything and everyone that you are thankful for. This will change from day to day.
One day you may be grateful that someone gave you a lift in the rain. Another day you may be grateful for the continuous support of your parents or partner or siblings. You may be grateful for friends who have remained at your side through thick and thin, or a cheerful bus driver who brightens up your morning by wishing you a good morning.
Life is made up for both little and big moments, and your gratitude journal is a place to appreciate all of it. By listing everything you are grateful for, you will not only come to appreciate everything you have, but you will also get an immediate boost of happiness by having that awareness.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
Start your gratitude journal, by listing at least 5 things that you are grateful for.