With the holidays behind us and the new year fully rung in, the season for thanksgiving has officially passed. Yet an attitude of gratitude provides gifts year round.
Attitude of gratitude?
What is that? In life we have a choice on our attitude. Regardless of what happens in the world, around you, within you- you chose your attitude (remember, no excuses). Your choice thereby affects the world around you, your relationships, perceptions and ultimately, life.
Whenever I need an attitude adjustment (exhausted, depressed, stuck or just generally grumpy), there is one exercise that always turns around my mood and perspective on life.
I simply write or say a list of things I am grateful for. No matter the condition of life around you, there is always an endless list of things to be grateful for. At times, I have to start with something really, really small. Such as, I am grateful for this breath. I am grateful for the sunshine. The seeds clinging to the winter branches outside my window, rattling in the wind. Thankful for shelter to keep me out of that wind. Grateful for beauty and God for eyes to view it all.
Suddenly the mood has shifted and the ability to move positively through life re-emerges. The nature of an attitude of gratitude is you recover gratefulness and become something positive in the lives of those around you. Your attitude affects all around you, like little ripples in a lake disturbed by a tossed stone.
Gratitude is then a gift to those around you. However, it doesn’t end there; gratitude is an endless gift to yourself. When you give thanks, and recover positivity, it gives you energy to create change- positive, intentional change. This small change compounds, attracting the life you imagine.
Ann Voskamp wrote in depth on this subject in her book, “one thousand gifts“. She utilized a gratitude journal for capturing her gratitude. In doing so, she dramatically changed her life in the direction she desired.
I find even saying it to myself, part of a continual, silent prayer, works as well. In this moment, I am thankful there are people in this world who want to be a positive force, to help others, to improve themselves, and give thanks to God.
Share, do you give thanks? Do you have a special way of doing so? What are you thankful for in this moment? It may be this movement (attitude of gratitude) will restart poetry as a contemporary art form. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful change from most status updates 😉