The other day a friend of mine was having some challenges with her car and was wondering the answer to that universal question “why me?” In responding to her, I commented that when at day's end she writes in her gratitude journal she could well note that she was grateful for (1) having a car, (2) having a cell phone, (3) having parents who are still alive, (4) parents who would come “rescue” her, etc. You get the idea.
It made me think that oftentimes we do not take the time to give thanks or express our gratitude. Believe me, doing so on a regular basis makes a huge, huge difference in your life. Shortly before going to bed each evening, I take the time to list at least 5 things that happened during the day for which I am grateful. Once you start doing this, you will be amazed at how quickly you start having gratitude for more than 5 things each day and how quickly even more good things start coming into your life for which you are grateful.
Let me tell you a story to illustrate how easy this is and how all around you each day are things for which you can be grateful. The other day I was out for lunch with a close friend who has kept just such a journal for years. Recently she bought an iPhone which she uses to add an entirely new dimension to her gratitude journal. It turns out, not surprisingly, that iPhone has a gratitude journal application. My friend downloaded it to her phone; each day she takes a picture of something for which she is grateful and adds it to her journal.
When we were leaving the restaurant after lunch we noticed this sunflower on a table. We both smiled and commented on how good it made us feel—sunflowers always do that for us. She whipped our her iPhone snapped this picture and said that was her photo for the day. Simple, easy and effective.
As you record your gratitude each evening, it will help to raise your awareness of all the beauty and incredible “coincidences” that are happening in your life each and every day. The good news is that you will find by doing this you bring more of what you want into your life.
Do you keep a gratitude journal?