How To Rock A Grateful List Even If You’ve Never Done It Before

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

It’s a Monday.

Having a tough time getting into the new week? Wishing you were someplace else? Dreaming about winning the lottery so you don’t have to go to work anymore?

Starting out with even small acts of gratitude is an amazing first step towards feeling more fulfilled, happier and even feeling better physically!

Will this happen your first go at it? Probably not. But, the good news is that we can start to practice right now – together. Lets start sowing those seeds of gratitude and mindfulness.

How?

Here is how I like to do it:

I begin with a number no lower than 5, and that is how many things I will put on my gratitude list for the day. As I write something down on my list, I really spend a few moments thinking about that item and why I am grateful for it. I think about how having it in my life impacts me and how it would feel if I did not have it in my life. Then, I move on to the next item on my list.

I do allow myself to repeat items sometimes because sometimes I am really ridiculously grateful for whatever it is. But, I don’t just add items to the list to have them on there, I fully immerse myself in the “why”.

Ready? Lets give it a try!

My grateful list for Monday, June 26 2017. I am picking the number 5.

  1. I am grateful for the computer that I am working at right now.
    1. Why? Because it gives me the ability to connect with others – be it through this blog, through other media, through creating documents to print and send or through sharing photos. I also enjoy working at my desktop more than a laptop. If this computer did not turn on one morning of course I would live but it would very much hinder my ability to get certain things done that help me support my family and connect with people.
  2. I am grateful my sciatica is gone.
    1. Why? I just got to enjoy a nice long weekend away with my family and, if I had the issue I was battling with just over a month ago I am sure that would not have been as possible as I was hardly able to walk. Today I am able to walk around completely pain free and, an added bonus, I actually have not had to maintain anything in order to achieve that. We got to spend some great time together and make some wonderful memories that otherwise would have been much more difficult to achieve.
  3. I am grateful to have running, clean water that comes right into the house.
    1. Why? I’ve never actually counted how many times I access water a day in our house but, I know its enough that if it wasn’t available it would make things much, much more difficult (especially with a baby on the way!). I also enjoy having clean dishes and clothing, being able to water the garden, taking a shower, having facilities…and the list goes on. If our water stopped flowing one day it would take a lot of time and energy to figure out solutions to replace all of those luxuries I just listed and that is reason enough to be super grateful for water access in our home.
  4. I am grateful for the ability to have gardens.
    1. Why? Because as the world is changing the price of food is going up and any time that we can access healthy food that isn’t covered in any chemicals for a reasonable price I am all for it! Having gardens also means that we can make some food for our new baby. It means we can nourish ourselves and it means that we put just a little less stress on the planet. We also get to watch it grow, learn about what the plants, figure out what works and doesn’t work, and maybe even share something with our community if we end up growing more than we can consume before it goes bad or we are able to preserve it.
  5. I am grateful for my fiance.
    1. Why? Because this is a person who works his butt off for his family and continually thinks about more ways he can support us. He comes home from very long days and still has energy left to love on us when he walks in the door. He is generous and kind and thoughtful and all of the things that make the perfect partner for me. He inspires me and makes me strive to be a better, calmer, stronger person. If I did not have him I could survive and thrive in different ways but, I would not be enriched in the same way as I am with him in my life.

Now, if you would like to give it a shot – make a list from 1 to whatever number you are comfortable with (one wont seem overwhelming) and think about things you are grateful for then, just jot them down. As you go, spend a minute thinking about why you are grateful for that item and then continue on.

It will seem like a fairly easy task and it will be hard to imagine how this could possibly help you in so many ways but, I am completely confident that if you are persistent you will see it come together. Once I started doing this more I did find myself feeling much happier about my life and, not only that, when I was feeling particularly ungrateful my mind prompted me to start thinking about things I was grateful for instead. Its not perfect but, it’s all a work in progress!

Now, imagine, with regular gratefulness practice how those thoughts of dreading the workweek can turn into gratitude that you are alive to see this work week, you have a job, and the lottery? Well, you can still dream of winning the lottery!

Do you like to have a place to write down your thoughts? Check out this little journal by Catherine Price!

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