Starting November 1st I am doing 30 Days of Gratitude. With all that has happened lately and the holidays coming up this seems timely for me. And of course here in America it is the Thanksgiving season, so thankfulness, gratitude, appreciation, all of that is blooming.
How my 30 days looks is like this: I have a Facebook page and I will simply post each evening whatever I am grateful for that day. In addition I am exchanging a gratitude text with my sister each night and maybe one other friend. I haven’t heard back from him yet. I want to do those personal ones because they are both so very important to me and sharing this will only strengthen our bonds.
I haven’t always been grateful, at least actively. I took so much for granted. I think that’s just being young. I felt immortal, I was self absorbed. I was in a rush and the intensity level was high. I had many lessons to learn, one of them has been gratitude.
“I have learned over a period of time to be almost unconsciously grateful–as a child is–for a sunny day, blue water, flowers in a vase, a tree turning red. I have learned to be glad at dawn and when the sky is dark. Only children and a few spiritually evolved people are born to feel gratitude as naturally as they breathe, without even thinking. Most of us come to it step by painful step, to discover that gratitude is a form of acceptance.”
― Faith Baldwin, Many Windows, Seasons of the Heart
I have to say I am pretty grateful everyday in all kinds of ways. The older I am the more grateful I am, and it’s for the simple things. The blue sky, the rain, the changing leaves, a gentle touch, humor, a phone call, a text, a warm bed, food,….I think these were all today. It has been a process, a Practice actually. I have had to be conscious of my thoughts. I have had to look for gratitude. It did not bloom overnight. But now gratitude comes naturally, every day I am grateful. And I know, and I speak it and I share it.
With gratitude comes calmness, peace, harmony, joy, love, acceptance, all the things I searched for. I find them through being grateful. And even when times are hard, there is always, always something to be grateful for. And the more I feed gratitude, the more my life settles into a pattern of Peace, a pattern of Joy.
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
So yes, even though it sounds simplistic be grateful you wake up, start there. Be grateful for the coffee, or the tea, or the hot shower. You could be grateful for 10 things first thing in the morning. It does not always have to be the big stuff, small stuff matters. Because the little things, those are the things that make up our life. And when we have a pattern of gratefulness for the small things, when something big arrives, whether it looks like trouble or not, you can move easily and gracefully into gratitude. It will be your “go to” place. Because all of our lessons are not easy. Sometimes they are scary, hard, sad, confusing, even then stay in gratitude, It will bring you through with ease and grace.
I invite you to join me in 30 Days of Gratitude. Do it your way, whatever feels good to you. Write it down, whisper it to the sky, share with friends, have it be the voice of your heart. There are no rules, you decide. Do one a day, three a day, whatever works. Say thank you. You don’t have to believe in a certain God for this, you could say thank you to yourself. You could thank you to Universal Energy, you could say thank you to the Trees, you could say thank you to Father Time, Mother Nature. It doesn’t matter, because this is for you, to make your life better, do it your way. But do it. It is the path to Peace and Joy.
And for today, I am grateful to be sharing myself with you………