About a year ago, I was going through a pretty rough time. Not one thing in particular, but just a slew of things that were really bogging me down. I was stressed, sad, frustrated, and just generally a bit of a bummer to be around at times. I knew it. I could feel the weight of the negativity holding me down, enveloping me, keeping me from truly being myself.
On one particular day when I was having a bit of a freak-out, my sister turned to me, held out a small notebook that she usually kept in her purse, and said simply, “Would you like to write down all the things you’re grateful for?” I looked at her kind of funny for a second, probably about to make some sort of sarcastic comment, but instead I said, “Yes. Yes, I would.”
So, I took her notebook and pen and jotted down about a page of things I was truly grateful for. As I began to examine my life and focus my mind on all the good, I started to feel that cloud of anxiety, fear, frustration dissipate. It was remarkable how that simple act helped me to refocus and feel at peace.
I handed my sister back her notebook, she smiled and me, and put it back in her purse. “Feel better?” She asked. I nodded.
Ever since that day, I have made a conscious effort to express gratitude, especially during times in which it seems like there isn’t much to be grateful for. It’s not always easy, and sometimes it’s annoying to have to think positively when all you want to do is slam the door, drink a glass of wine, and go to bed. That’s okay too! Just remember that the way you think can actually change your life. Set your mind right to set your life on the right track.
Thanksgiving is the perfect day to give thanks (I mean, it’s right there in the name), but how about on a Monday when you’ve got a full agenda, a head cold, and problems at home? Yeah, those days suck. Sometimes on those days, the only thing you can write down on your gratitude list is that you have all your arms and legs (certainly something to be grateful for).
Today, I am thankful for my readers. I’m thankful that I have this blog that has served as such a great creative medium for me. Writing and creating and sharing a bit of myself with you is therapeutic for me, and I’m thankful that I have been able to have the time, the support, and the motivation to do it. I am thankful for my job. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for friends who have become family. I am thankful for my physical health and strength, that I was able to heal my knee and that I can run again. I’m thankful for these things and oh so much more. My heart is so full today. Thank you, friends.