“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward
What a beautiful attribute this really is.
For someone who has experienced chronic worry for decades – daily gratitude has provided an awakening to life. I now realize that every day spent in worry and regret just blocks us from the beauty of seeing and feeling gratitude in our life.
We all experience stress and worry, in our own lives, in those we love, and for those less fortunate than ourselves. Many of us live our life consumed by worry and living our days with the same old thoughts, feelings and actions, only disabling our creativity and gifts, and blocking the chance of to feel the gratitude for what we have today.
Life today equals many of us rushing off to work, rushing to our kids, rushing to complete our chores, and even rushing to and from the precious time we have with our loved ones. So many things preoccupy our mind in the daily rush that we actually can miss all the beauty for the simple things in life. We can miss the blessing that we are here and part of the world today. We can miss the thoughts and feelings that can fulfil happiness, joy and peace – and provide that connection with so many others.
Even today as I write this. A cold and freezing Saturday. A morning when the usual rush of life was about to start. Today making the change to be grateful for the morning and a chance to actually dance with my son. A moment I don’t usually have and was blessed and grateful to see his little face in a new light – a light in fun and freedom. A moment that was captured in the heart and a gratitude beyond words for this blessing of a child. Embraced in laughter, dance and feeling free as a bird – it was a moment that we shared and can be forever grateful. Such a moment of many where we can all experience the feelings of love, warmth and deep connection.
So setting the goal and intention for daily gratitude, try to include the following:
- Waking up with the intention to make the day count, and to be considerate of others
- Waking up thankful to God and the Universe that we are alive and as well as we can be today
- Looking at something beautiful that reminds us of LOVE – a picture, a flower, a loved one.
- Doing something kind for a loved one, a stranger, and yes – that includes YOU!
- Offering to all the kindness of a smile and some time to listen
- Allowing some quiet time – for prayer, for thanks, just for peace
- Telling loved ones how much they mean to you, and how much they are loved
- Looking in the mirror in the morning – and instead of judgement and negativity – expressing kindness and gratitude for who we are and our journey here
- Gratitude for the body, loved ones, friends, for everything we have been blessed with
Gratitude is the antidote for happiness, peace and feeling the blessings we already have today.