As you can imagine, I’ve thought about creating a gratitude practice many times. I’ve done a lot of reading about how taking time out of every day to acknowledge things we are grateful for contributes to our overall happiness. As you can also imagine, I’ve never really stuck to a daily practice.
Today wasn’t an easy day. It wasn’t hard by any means, but it also wasn’t easy. You know what I mean. For example, when I first wrote the paragraph above, part of it read: “taking time out of every day to acknowledge thugs we are grateful for…” 🤦🏻♀️
But I do have a lot of things to be grateful for despite the fact that our team didn’t win and I didn’t get to see my friend and I have been out of the house for 16 hours and it’s already time for me to start thinking about going to bed.
I was really surprised when, during the miniature New Moon ritual we kind of did last week, Hillary confessed to feeling great benefit from devoting some time and attention to reminding herself of all that she has to be thankful for. Not surprised because I don’t believe it, but just surprised because I’ve never heard anyone really own it before. Not IRL, anyway.
This is going to sound totally moronic, but actually having someone in front of me who actively takes part in counting blessings convinced me that I ought to try it out. I generally feel a strong sense of gratitude. I am extremely thankful for the people, things and experiences I have had and continue to enjoy in my life. I know that I’m blessed and I feel lucky for that all the time.
So, what would happen if I actually catalogued the things that inspired me to feel that way most? Well, let’s find out.
Do you keep up with a gratitude practice? Tell me about it.