We all know when we focus on “the good”, it feels good and it creates more good. Gratitude or thankfulness is really a close cousin to focusing on “the good”. Let me share a most recent practice I have been experiencing that I have found helpful in my busy life that I would like to pass on as a possible gratitude practice that you might consider.
I have kept and still do keep a gratitude journal. Sometimes when my life is overflowing with activity, this practice can tend to give way to other things. And I really can tell a difference when I am not doing it on a consistent basis. So . . . I have tweaked this practice a bit or added a piece that works well in tandem.
Be Thankful for Each and Every Single Thing That Goes Well At That Moment in Time
This really is about being open to the good and actually saying to yourself or to others if they are involved “THANK YOU!” I think it even works best when we search for the very small things that occur for us throughout the day and acknowledge them at that very moment. It really can become a way of life. It can literally change your life for the good.
I still encourage a recording of the good in written form as there is something very powerful about the written word. It really does anchor things. So don’t throw away your gratitude journal. Just add this small practice of acknowledging the good and expressing thankfulness. Sometimes I say it out loud. A simple “Thank You”. This can be tied into your spiritual practice if you so desire to make it even more meaningful.
Here are a few very simple small kinds of things you might be thankful for:
You are late and a parking place appears very close to where you need to go. “Thank You!”
You have lost your keys. You take a breath and relax and it comes to you where to look and there they are. “Thank You!”
Your husband has started supper before you get in. “Thank You!”
You notice a the sky turning pink and orange as the sun sets. “Thank You!”
You are at the grocery store and look at the long line. As you are about to enter the line, another checker opens and says to you, I am open here. “Thank You!”
You catch a mistake just as you are getting ready to send out an email. “Thank You!”
Your child unexpectedly say thank you for something you have done. “Thank You!”
You are getting ready to write something and it just comes to you as to the right words. “Thank You!”
I might add that this practice is a relationship building practice as well in that the more you express appreciation to others and what they are doing, the more they will see you in a positive light. We all want to be around folks who appreciate us. You will probably find those you compliment or thank will return this action in the future. What a great way to live appreciating and expressing our gratitude to one another.
Best wishes for lots of “Thank You’s!” ahead of you. Just be on the look out. You will find oh so many things to be thankful for.
Oh yes, “THANK YOU for reading this blog article!”