intentional gratitude

There are times when it is difficult to be grateful.

Life gets crazy. Stuff happens. People get sick.  Jobs become stressful.  Hearts break. Loves ones die. Natural disasters happen. Physical pain overwhelms and cripples the body. Violence breaks loose. Relationships struggle or are severed.
Or maybe it’s just been a really difficult week.
All of these things (and lots of others) create fear and pain in our hearts that seem to overwhelm the ability to see the positive.

When that happens to me, I eventually sit down and intentionally write a list of things for which I am grateful. It is NOT easy (but with practice it gets easier). My lists usually start with the really practical surface stuff. Then as my heart and mind relax and soften the gratitude gets deeper and deeper.

Today is one of those heavy days, the kind when I know I need to find gratitude on purpose. It won’t FIX anything, but it will help my perspective on my life at the moment.

Today I am grateful for:
Paper to write on.
Pens to write with.
My little yard.
The sound of birds.
The cool air.
Hot oatmeal with banana, blueberries and fresh strawberries from my garden.
A roof over my head.
A stove and oven to cook with.
Smart phones. Phones in general.
Electricity. Clean water. Indoor plumbing. Heat. A/C.
That I woke up this morning and was able to get out of bed.
The ability to take deep cleansing breaths.
That it’s not my responsibility to fix anyone or make anyone happy.
People in my life who care.
Doctors and nurses who care and take care of people.
Skilled surgeons who can remove toxic enemies from the body and repair broken parts.
For the ability to read and write.
For the freedom to share my thoughts and that a few people actually read them.

Why do I share these thoughts and this list?
One reason… Gratitude has changed my life and I want to help others experience the joy a grateful heart can bring.

If you would like some ideas on how to get started with gratitude, check out my get started with gratitude page.

Thanks for reading – I am humbled and grateful for you!

 

 

 

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