If you have been following my blog for awhile you will have probably noted that I end almost every post (except Wordless Wednesdays) with a dose of Daily Gratitude and Daily Affirmation. More on affirmations to come at a later date. Why? Because I finally got it!
Over the years I have watched many family and friends embark on their own gratitude journey either through taking a gratitude challenge or writing in a gratitude journal. And I didn't get it. Yes, I was thankful for blue birds too but really, why would saying it and writing it make a difference? It wouldn't change how I looked or felt or the circumstances of my life. But then one day a little bird spoke in my ear and hinted that perhaps it could. Okay, there really wasn't a little bird but you get the point.
So I started adding things I was thankful for at the end of my posts. I started off with more than one and over time committed to one Daily Gratitude (and one Daily Affirmation). And it does make a difference. It does change the way I look, feel, and the circumstances of my life. Yes, writing down that I am thankful for that blue bird can do all of that...and more!
I read something the other day that hits this nail on the head, and I really wish I could remember when, where, and the exact words but here is the general gist - Those who show daily gratitude will be satisfied and will receive an abundance gifts in their lives, those who don't show gratitude will be unsatisfied and always want more.
Now just so you don't scared about all these happy rainbows....yes, I have down days too. I have struggles. Life isn't always peachy keen. I am not perfect and I have a whole lot of work to do but I am on the right path. And just as not all runs can be perfect and easy, neither can all days. The tough days must make us appreciate the great days more.
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that I have a job and am able to help support my family financially.
Daily Affirmation: I am grounded in my spirituality and that makes me a better person.