What are you grateful for? It seems like such a simple question. You should be able to rattle of ten things in ten seconds at any given moment, right? Yet, somehow it doesn’t always seem that easy. Or the simple act of searching your brain for what you’re grateful for causes you anxiety in realizing that
a) you don’t know what you’re grateful for
b) you are not well versed in the habit of recognizing what you’re grateful for, or
c) your life is actually pretty crappy.
Are you sweating yet? Are you stressed?
I thought this exercise was supposed to make me calmer and eliminate my anxiety! Here’s the thing: I think we need to relax about the “30 day or 21 day challenge” and simplify it by making it a calm daily habit, a habit that we want to become effortless, and eventually become as habitual as brushing your teeth. We can start slow and build it into an omnipresent state of gratitude.
Are you with me? Let’s do this, for the month of November, as so many do… let’ s just look for the things we’re thankful for. Not under pressure or guidelines or rules of a micro-managed view of what our “happy and thankful” is supposed to look like, but just for us. Let’s just take a moment to recognize, breathe it in, and let our gratitude become us. Maybe it’s a blue sky on a cold fall day, maybe it’s hearing the laughter of a loved one, a warm coffee, a good parking spot, health, love, dreams, a comfy pillow—absolutely any little thing. Let’s give the good things our energy, in our own time and in our own way, and hopefully we will soon be shining in the light of gratitude.