Gratitude (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
When I hear the word gratitude I know what it means and I
know think I am a grateful person, but I questioned whether or not I truly acknowledge gratitude on a daily or even a weekly basis. I thought gratitude is one of those things that just simply is. Know what I mean? My thinking was challenged when I read somewhere that gratitude is a practice. A concept that intrigued me enough that, for the past 30 days, I’ve kept a gratitude journal. I kept it very simple and private with the intention of the words meaning more than just ink on paper and the actions meaning more than just going through the motions.
30 days of gratitude. 30 days of noticing the little things that make my life wonderful.
Think about it. How amazing is it that we have so much to be grateful for? I don’t mean the homes we live in, the cars we drive or the money we earn. I’m talking about hearing laughter, holding my husband’s hand, a sunset, the powerful sound of a waterfall, a walk in the park and the taste of chocolate.
The challenge is to not let those little things go unnoticed and unappreciated. The challenge is to feel AND express gratitude as a regular practice.
I am grateful for…
- birds outside of my home office window that sing when the sun starts to come up
- conversations with my kids
- cooking with veggies and herbs from my garden
- warm waffles with fruit
- running at sunrise
I have decided to continue the gratitude journal. The practice is beginning to feel like a natural part of my day.
Be present. Be grateful for the things that make life amazing!
Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? What are 2 things you’re grateful for today? Are you intentional about daily gratitude?
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