With Thanksgiving in the States this week, there’s a lot of buzz about gratitude as people pause to consider what they’re thankful for. On social media, you’ll find a lot of the similar entries: family, friends, pets, health. Some different ones I saw this year included “my hobbies,” “my dreams,” and “travel.”
I love the idea of so many people taking time to reflect in this way. I believe there’s great power in a collective consciousness. Imagine if all of us could be more intentionally grateful on a regular basis and not just once a year. Oh we could certainly make some big, loving moves in this world!Seeing friends’ posts also reminded me that I’ve let my daily gratitude journal entries slip away, so to do my part, I’ve picked the habit back up.
As I settle into bed, I grab a favorite journal that I now keep bedside once again, and my special pen and jot down five things I’m grateful for, either from my day, or in general. As a rule of thumb, I try to not repeat my entries within the same week. I like the challenge of digging deep and identifying gratitude in places I may otherwise overlook.
I remember the last time I did this regularly, it really helped me to go about my day in a much more present-minded way, and with a more open and positive perspective and attitude. As a result, I cleared the clutter of negative thinking and opened the channel for abundance in all kinds of forms. After all, gratitude is a vital component in a life well lived.
Perhaps reading this right now is your calling to pick this practice back up or start it for the very first time. To jump start your thinking, here are my entries from today:
Today I am grateful for:
- Post-meal geocaching with my nieces and nephews on Thanksgiving.
- Inspiring and intimate conversations with friends.
- Connecting more deeply with my soul family.
- My besties’ willingness to let me wash a load of laundry at their house.
- Delicious English candy.
Your turn! Whether it’s on a scrap of paper, in a beautiful notebook, or on your smartphone, stop in this moment and jot down your five items. Let’s walk in gratitude together.
Are you up for it? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to read some of your entries if you’re willing to share!
Until next week, keep taking those small steps to Live Out Loud.