Are you grateful for the things in your life, even the circumstances that seem to be awful at the moment? Gratitude is something that is very important to me. However, it wasn’t always. In my 20s and early 30s, I was more on the pessimistic side, but believed I was being a realist. This attitude did not allow me to look for the good in situations. I took people for granted and would focus on the worst outcome possible.
When I started a journal practice, I started a gratitude practice. When I sit down to journal in the mornings, I write down three things I am grateful for. I try to choose something different every day. It can be something small, such as the sound of a bird outside my window or the smell of bacon or it can be something much bigger. When you begin your day with gratitude, it sparks your reticular activating system and your mind will search out things to be grateful for. It brings more peace throughout the day.
If you are struggling, gratitude is even more important. It sounds trite, but a gratitude practice could be what you need to propel you forward in life and help you get through the challenges you experience in life. As I’ve started on this path of entrepreneurship, I am learning to be grateful for the tough times. I have plenty of ups and downs, but these challenges are preparing me for the future and giving me the strength I need. Gratitude and life challenges teach you something about yourself and prepare you for better things to come. Without tough times, the good times wouldn’t feel so wonderful. The journey is what makes life so exciting. I am grateful for all that I am learning, the fun times and the monotonous ones too.
Whether you are struggling or life is grand, find something to be grateful for. Smile and enjoy the journey of life. Let’s go ahead and jump into this week’s links.