Take Stock - The Importance of Gratitude
Count your blessings!! (Rolls eyes)
We’ve all heard this before - and it’s easier said than done.
Especially when you are amongst a shit-storm of emotions and just trying to keep your head above the water, while your job sucks and your pay check is spent before you’ve even received it.
But truthfully, it’s not that hard to do. It’s just the thought of ‘starting’ that puts us off.
You see - it begins with a conscious decision and , unfortunately, like all conscious decisions, this requires a little effort and this is where it becomes difficult for us - especially if we are feeling down and thus unmotivated.
So why spend the energy in the first place when it’s way easier to wallow and complain?
(And let’s be honest, there is a sense of satisfaction in complaining). Well the problem with that thinking pattern is that thoughts attract like-thoughts - ie once you start complaining about something, more and more reasons will appear to justify your ‘complaining’ and you’ll also find more and more things to complain about.
It’s a dangerous circle and will keep you there, spinning around and around until you decide to do something about it.
This is the part that takes a bit of mental effort, but it’s truly this simple and whether you feel like radiating joyous energy out into the universe or not, you can still make a conscious decision to list some of the things you are thankful for.
I can absolutely promise you that once you start listing things (physically writing out a list) you’ll find more and more things to be grateful for. Again, thoughts attract like-thoughts and the joy that this will bring you outweighs the absolute ‘shlep’ it is to start the process. Unfortunately you will only know this if you try it.
So, right now, (this will take you just two minutes), open the ‘notes’ app on your phone and create a new note with a title ‘Gratitude List 2020’. Underneath the title, type out the first 3 things that come to mind that you are thankful for. (It’s important that you physically type or write this list out)
Done? Great ! Now back to Facebook!
But before you go…
Whenever you feel thankful for something or someone, add it to your list.
Whenever you are feeling frustrated, impatient, lonely, sad or tired, go and read your list.
This is an ongoing process and your list should continue to grow over time.
On a personal note, the practice of gratitude and this discipline has bought me stability and peace of mind in troubled times and although I often forget to take stock, I have list on my phone that I can read through whenever I need to be reminded that my life is full of blessings. It’s me that chooses to look AT them or away from them.
PS I'd like to make this an interactive blog, so if you want to, feel free to drop a comment or share your thoughts and experiences below.