This morning I left Seattle early. Much earlier than I would have liked. I was tired and groggy and a little bit grumpy. But as I drove across the bridge, early morning light reflecting off the water, I noticed the view and something shifted. I was grateful to be awake. Grateful to have that view of blue sky, mountains, sunshine, and glistening water. I couldn’t help but smile, sun on my face, and the day instantly felt better.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget to be grateful.
Big things are more obvious, and we celebrate things like weddings and births, promotions and new homes. But the little things are important to take note of as well.
I have a lovely friend who told me that in her marriage, grand gestures were fun, but it was the little things in daily life that kept their relationship happy and strong. We’ve been told to not sweat the small stuff, and I agree for the most part. I also think that sometimes the small stuff matters. Don’t sweat it. Enjoy it. Notice. Shift perspective if necessary. And keep moving forward, generating positive momentum.
I used to keep a daily gratitude journal where I would write down at least 5 things I was grateful for each day.
Some days it flowed easily. Some days I had the opportunity to reframe events. And it was a valuable practice. My perspective shifted. Stormy weather taught me to be grateful for good books and hot drinks. I saw the gifts of the day. I recognized how rich my life really was. I became more positive.
I haven’t been keeping the journal regularly for the last few months, and I miss it.
So here’s the plan. For the next four weeks I will be doing my daily gratitude journal.
I am recommitting to a focus on gratitude. It makes me happier. It reduces stress. And it’s good for my health!
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given to you.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach (For more on her story, see what she said on Super Soul Sunday.)