The Gratitude Shift
We’ve all heard of the Gratitude Challenge.. this is NOT it. Gratitude isn’t meant to be a “challenge”, but a way of being. A shift in focus if you will.
Thanksgiving is defined as being grateful and thankful for everything that we already have. In today’s day, it seems that we are constantly on the lookout for the next best thing, it’s a time of keeping up with the Joneses (for all those with the last name Jones. Apparently YOU are setting the bar!). Consumerism has trained us that what we have, who we are and what we look like will NEVER be enough. It has trained us to find fault… But one of the wonderful things about our mind is that we can retrain it! To see the good, the beautiful, the happy.
Canadian Thanksgiving Day is coming up next week, it’s easy to take one day and talk about the things we are thankful for because they are usually the BIG obvious things. Instead of just one day, let’s retrain our minds to see the positive in all things.
So, I challenge you to embark on a Gratitude shift. This is my challenge, and I too am starting it today as well. 10 things per day. That’s all. Every morning, 5 things that you are grateful for, or that you love. And then, every evening, spend a moment to think of 5 things that happened in the day which were positive. Oh, and no repeats!
At first, you may find it challenging, but keep at it, and I can pretty much assure you that you will be creating new neural pathways in your brain, which will begin to automatically look for the “silver lining”!
In all things give thanks. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give it a few weeks, you’ll feel different… better… more optimistic. You’ll be smiling more! And THAT is a beautiful thing!
So, to start it off – my first 5 of the day are:
- I love that the sun is STILL shining and that it’s warm enough to open windows.
- I’m thankful for having a child who still loves to snuggle, even in public!
- I love the fact that my chosen field of work makes to world better ~ happier ~ one person at a time.
- Even though I don’t LOVE rain, I do love petrichor (the smell of rain after a dry spell).
- I’m thankful for the fact that NOTHING is permanent, everything in life can change, and be changed.
I hope you will embark on this shift with me! <3