We are told we have so much to be thankful for., yet sometimes when you feel like the world is falling apart around you, and no matter what you do – someone is bound to rain on your parade – it becomes harder to count our blessings. I like to think of myself as someone who appreciates the little things but let’s get real, I throw some pretty raging pity parties too.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself to look for the positive in a negative situation and to be thankful for what I do have. Sometimes, I have to remember to focus on what’s going right instead of what’s going wrong.. From what I can tell based on my Facebook newsfeed, I think it’s safe to say – many people feel the same way. Especially around November, when everyone starts posting their 30 days of gratitude (no judgment, I’ve done it too). I laugh sometimes though because I wonder why? Why is gratitude restricted to one month? What about the other 335 days out of the year? I’m sure if we all really tried, we could come up with at least ONE thing every day to be grateful for.
I have thought a lot about this in the past couple of years. Gratitude brings me joy. It brings me a sense of calm. I think we can all choose to live in a permanent state of this kind of joy. We can look around us and determine we don’t really need something else to be happy, but we can rest in a place of contentment where we are. Does this mean we can’t still work towards our dreams and goals? Absolutely not. It just means we don’t have to be miserable in the process. We can be filled with joy and enjoy our lives as they are – while continuing to build them for what we want them to be later. Deciding to live in a state of gratitude allows us the ability to find what we are passionate about. To find what sparks our light. It gives us the power to make it happen.
So, I decided to do just that. I decided to write down one thing every day I am grateful for. Sometimes, it’s simple things like being alive, my health, being a mother to an amazing not-so-little boy, my friends, my family, and the town I’ve been born & raised. Other times, it’s things like the opportunity to meet new people to add to my life, new songs I can listen to on repeat 1000 times, and new books I can’t wait to read. The sound of a baby’s laugh, hearing someone say “I love you”, seeing someone smiling (man, I have missed this throughout the mask mandate!), watching a favorite show, or for all those teachers (and my mom) who made sure I learned to read and write – making it possible for me do something I love – write.
Everything in life can basically fall into two categories. It either feeds your soul or it sucks the life right out of you. Take a moment to think about this. What types of things in your life are life giving and what is sucking the life out of you right now? It’s important to ask yourself these questions so you can start focusing on a creating a life you love. One that you are grateful for, Not just 30 days out of the year, but 365.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. You can make your first move today! After all, none of us really know what tomorrow will bring. Find your joy. I challenge you to find at least one thing every day to be grateful for. Starting today. Don’t wait for something special to happen to get started. Do it now.
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Just incase you need a little something to get started, watch Candace Payne enjoying the little things in life that bring her so much joy. <3