I have missed several posting days for very good reason; we have spent the past 10 days immersed in family, exploring new places and learning more about each other. It is an abundance feast and my heart overflows with joy and love. I feel blessed to have time with 4 of our kids (though it makes me miss the other 2 even more), I feel blessed to visit places that fill me with happiness and I feel blessed to still enjoy being with my beloved. All in all, I feel blessed!!
It is easy to be aware of the blessings in life when they are as obvious as a family picnic on the beach at sunset or an amazing hike to see the oldest living beings on earth (the Sequoias). It is much more challenging to feel blessed when it is another tough day at work, traffic is lousy, you didn’t sleep well last night etc…
I have found a gratitude journal to be of great support at all times and especially on a daily basis in my normal, everyday life. I began keeping a gratitude journal in 1999, taking the time to write 5 things I felt thankful for each evening as I went to bed. Over the following months and years, it was the journal that kept me breathing through the death of my dearest friend, through the many months while Tom was deployed, through the challenging days of single-parenting 4 rambunctious and opinionated children. There were nights when all I could write was “I am grateful to have food to eat…an inside bathroom…a car to drive…” For those of us connected to the internet, these may not seem like big blessings but they are and they can be a life raft through the stormiest of seas. It is possible to be thankful for the rain to nourish the land, the sun to bring forth the blooms, the clouds to protect us from the heat, all on the same day (especially if you live in Dublin or Seattle!!).
Even in the darkest times, there is always something to be grateful for. If you struggle with the concept of abundance, if you feel you have little to be happy about in your life, keep a gratitude journal. If life is going great and you are on top of the world, keep a gratitude journal. In good times and especially in bad, keep a gratitude journal; you just might find yourself noticing the blessings that surround you every day.