What if we gave thanks as often as we picked up our devices just to scroll aimlessly down our Instagram/Facebook feed?
What if it was just as subconscious or thoughtless? They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. Can you remember to stop and give thanks for something every day for 21 days? Certainly we have more than 21 possessions or happenings in our daily lives to be grateful for, so why not voice it?
The more you practise the art of gratitude, not just for big things but for small everyday things that often get overlooked, the more you attract other things for which to be grateful. I have seen this manifest itself in my own life, even long after I stopped being as grateful as I wanted to be. And I noticed how easy it was to slip right back into complaining and worrying or being indifferent and melancholy and how much of my joy and energy it sucked away from me (and those around me) on a daily basis. I caught myself, and now I am calling myself out to begin the practise of being thankful again starting right now. I implore you to join me. I have a list of the things for which I am grateful in this moment, but I will only list here the first 21 to come to mind, and will say them all out loud and then some before I sleep tonight. Please feel free to comment under this and make your own list or add to mine.
This will officially be our gratitude journal! And remember, whenever someone asks how you are, tell them you are grateful!
I am grateful for:
- The sunshine
- The rain
- A place to sleep
- A new career that fulfills me
- My beautiful classroom
- The awesome team of teachers I’ll be working with ?
- Loved ones
- My travels
- Obstacles and lessons
- This phone & the internet