Thursday, January 13, 2011
Gratitude: Month Two
I am well into my second month of my gratitude project and am now exchanging messages of gratitude with a dear friend that I went to college with who I haven't seen for several decades. I can't even begin to describe the richness of the exchanges. At this point, writing my daily gratitude list has become a habit, as natural as brushing my teeth. When I started the project on Thanksgiving day, I was so excited about it that I couldn't wait to do my gratitude list and I would put a great deal of thought into choosing my three things; I wanted them to be the right things. I wanted them to be profound. Then, after a few weeks, the novelty of the project wore off, and it began to feel like a chore. And for a few days in there, but only a few, my mood so dark, it was difficult to think of three things, and the whole project felt like a lame joke.
But nowadays the gratitude list flows easily. Whatever resonates at the moment I decide to do my list, I write. One day I am thankful for opportunities to begin anew. Another day I am thankful for lemons. The longer I do this project the more I love it. I think it is true that what you give your attention to grows. These thoughts, the positive thoughts that I have cultivated and cajoled, have now become second nature. These thoughts have changed the way that I live. These days I would describe myself as a happy person. I am grateful to be alive. I happily greet the morning and climb into bed excited for sleep so that I can wake up and do this life thing some more. In the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, "Change your thoughts and you change your world."
I am grateful for the people who have signed on to do it with me. I have three more gratitude buddies in the wings and I am excited about month long exchanges with each of them. And as I continue, I will keep you posted.
Wishing you balance,