Oh, I’m so thankful you’ve visited this page and are reading my blog post. :-)
Is today the only day to be grateful, or can we cultivate an attitude of gratitude every day of the year? I think we all know the answer to that, only Thanksgiving! He He He
Of course, we can have appreciation in every waking moment of our lives, IF and only IF we make it a focus of our reality.
Have you ever noticed when you get something new, like a car or a new coat you start seeing other ones just like it? Reason being is because you’ve made that thing a focus of your reality; what you pay attention to subconsciously.
Have you also noticed that people with negative tendencies or those who habitually complain will always find something wrong regardless of how big or small it may be? This is also due to the same reason you start seeing Honda Civics everywhere right after you’ve taken one for a test drive. It’s our current reality or desired reality.
So if this is true, if I were to start being thankful for even the simplest things in my life, like having found an extra dollar in my jeans or the smell of chai tea in the morning when my daughter makes it before school, wouldn’t this create additional things to be thankful for?
This is all theory of course, but it makes sense that if I focus every possible moment on expressing gratitude for the people, things, and experiences in my current reality; more people, things, and experiences that I enjoy will appear in my life. It will have become my focused point of attention.
Why does being thankful matter? Maybe it doesn’t; I’ve read countless articles and books that say it does matter considerably but that’s not what convinced me to explore more.
I’ve had bouts of depression since I can remember, and now having established a solid daily meditation habit, I am far more aware of these times of extreme sadness than I was before meditation.
Over the last five years, I’ve desperately sought after any spiritual techniques just to be happy. A lot of ups, some downs, moments of uncertainty and confusion but never a steady stream of good days; then just moments ago I had a thought which was:
“I am trying so hard to just be happy, why does it feel like no matter what I do or how hard I try it’s always right over there; close enough to see but too far to touch? What if I’m spending too much time trying to be happy versus being thankful for the small things that do bring me joy?"
I don’t know about you, but that thought stopped me cold in my tracks, what if? What if I’ve been over thinking this entire thing. Life can’t be this hard. This theory gives me something to try on and test. Being happy fluctuates like the wind in Chicago. Therefore happiness should be the result of not the goal itself.
Having found the antidote to unhappiness (you’re welcome); I am going to test this theory for 30 days. And before the haters (if I have any haters) start flipping out, I know I didn’t uncover any mystery treatment as there’s several gratitude focused self-care plans out here.
I do believe if appreciation is the goal of my days, how can I not find peace in knowing I am plentiful? Having many things to be thankful for that is…
I am going to make focusing solely on gratitude the primary mission of my day. How will you do that Kellye? Thanks for asking? Well,
- I've downloaded an app called Grateful and I've set up an alert for every hour from 9a-9p to remind me to make it an entry for something I'm grateful for in that current moment. I even take pictures. It's pretty cool and worth the $3.99 I paid for it (this is solely a personal recommendation, not an advertisement, in fact, use your notes section in your phone and set a reminder via the alarm).
So...will you join me? I’d love to make this a team effort; therefore we’d have each other as a community to lean on when days seem tougher than usual…no pressure!
Simply type, “I’M IN!” in the comments below, download the Grateful app, or do it in your notes, and be sure to sign up for my email list; we’ll stay connected via email, my podcast, and blog.
It’s a journey to find clarity in one's life purpose, but it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant one! - ME
Peace and Love <3