Gratitude journals are no new concept. In a society that is never satisfied and is bombarded with images of the next new thing, it isn’t a surprise that one of these trends is a call back to thankfulness. Now some people do exist who have capitalized on this trend and created literal “gratitude journals”. I’ll admit, I’ve perused a few before. How could I not? They tend to be so cute! However, we really shouldn’t spend extra money just to have a place we can write down lists of the people, places, pets, foods, etc. for which we are thankful.
Instead, lets make mental lists, write them down on the pieces of paper sitting next to us, or in letters we send to friends.
Let’s let thankfulness exude from our souls and shine out into the world around us, remembering to be grateful for each breath we inhale and each step we take.
Recently, I’ve been convicted of my attitude which has been less than grateful. So I thought, what better place to hold myself accountable than my blog? Every Wednesday morning, I will list five things for which I’m grateful. The intention of this exercise is to evoke a continued feeling of thanksgiving as I travel through this life. I want to appreciate, honor and show gratitude for the people in my life, places I travel occasionally AND daily, and for all the experiences this life has to offer.
Life can be exhausting, difficult, exciting, scary, ridiculously fun and incredibly sad.
However, each day is an adventure in which we get to participate.
Let’s rescind to be grateful for each day we have. And hey, for most of us reading this, we live in a country of privilege where our discontentment arises from not having the cool gadget that our neighbor has, or the most “Magnolia” house on the block or the best contoured face. Most of us don’t have to worry about finding water or food. We can talk to our families who may be far away because we have access to technology and electricity. We sleep on top of comfortable foam or down and fall asleep at night knowing that the next day we can go to work and make money for our family to not just eat but to enjoy and experience life. We are so blessed here (even if our political environment seems daunting and scary right now. More about that later! Haha).
Therefore, to kick off my first week of gratitude, I’m going to keep it simple. Here are five things I’m thankful for this week:
- A refrigerator full of food. Not only do I have enough food to feed myself for weeks, I have a refrigerator that keeps it cool and prevents it from spoiling. This is incredible when you really think about it!
- Our jobs. Chris and I have been blessed with jobs that allows us to embark on a life of which we’ve always dreamed. We will be traveling overseas for the first time this year, have evenings to work on side projects and are able to adventure in this city.
- The sun. In Boston, it’s a rarity for it to shine, but today it’s in full force. I’m thankful for the energy and inspiration that accompanies its brightness.
- My husband. He’s a wonderful man, and I don’t feel like I tell him this enough. He creates space for me to pursue my dreams and creates space for us to pursue our dreams together. He inspires and keeps me in check all at the same time. He’s the best!
- Technology. I’m so thankful for my phone that allows me to stay in touch with all my friends and family back home. We exchange pictures and stories, which helps me feel a little bit closer and more connected to their lives. I’m thankful for Skype and telephone conversations where I can see their faces and hear their voices, especially on days where I feel extra far away. I’m thankful we live in a time where lack of proximity doesn’t mean we can’t be close.
Thank you for reading this and for embarking on this thanksgiving journey with me. Remember, a thankful heart can be felt by many. It has the power to create a smile on your face (and those around you), to make people feel seen and to change perspective. Let’s create a world where gratitude reigns!