Last week, when I was at Target, I came across a pack of three super cute notebooks. I couldn’t resist them, so I purchased them. They are the perfect size to carry around in my purse, since I’m always obsessively scribbling to do lists and the like. This one is my favorite:
I love the quote “Looking at the stars always makes me dream.”
I decided that this was going to be my gratitude journal. Everything I was grateful for, no matter how small, I would note in these pages. At first, my comments were snarky and tongue in cheek. I was writing stuff like “I’m grateful that every single thing I’ve hung on my classroom has not fallen off the walls over night,” and “I’m thankful that I did not step in the cat vomit” and “I’m glad I took a decent picture, even though I didn’t know it was picture day,” and, ” I’m grateful that the faculty meeting only lasted 2.3 hours.” When I re-read these statements, it almost seems like they are backwards statements of gratitude, and not really heartfelt. But then…
Then, a strange shift happened. I began to LOOK for things to write in the journal, and to be grateful for. The tone of the entries changed. I began to write things that sound like this: “I’m grateful for the walk that Chris and I took tonight” and “I’m thankful for the wonderfully beautiful sound of the crickets at night. When I die, I want my soul carried away on the sound of their song,” and “I’m thankful for the delicious smell and tart/sweetness of the perfectly ripe peach I enjoyed for lunch today.”
What this means to me, is that by contemplating gratitude, my mind and my heart are now opening up to find things to be grateful for. I even love writing in that delightfully inspiring little notebook.
So…here’s my challenge to you, as a way to “bring back the joy.” Find at least two things each day, to be grateful for. If you want, record them in a lovely journal of some sort. It doesn’t matter how small these things are, just become mindful of your life’s little blessings. Then, note how your life shifts and changes beautifully. What a wonderful practice! ♥