A friend once told me that she keeps a ‘gratitude journal’ on her night stand and that she never goes to bed without writing down all of the things from the day that she was grateful for. My first instinct was that that placed happy thoughts into her head just before sleep – and that has to be a good thing. She pointed out, however, that the real benefit of doing so was that it hardwired her thinking into always being mindful of sources of gratitude each day. She trained herself to see and sense all of those things that make her happy, and that improve her life, and which bring meaning. And in doing so, as the story goes, she actually became more happy, her life was improved and she gained more meaning.
I’m always impressed whenever I encounter someone who is going through a challenge, who faces adversity… but then who reveals joy, optimism, and hope in the face of it.
This self described ‘twenty-something’ blogger summarizes it all quite succinctly:
It is so easy to get bogged down on what we don’t have or the negative things in life and trust me, I’m definitely no exception. I truly feel that our attitude plays such a huge role in how we react to things that happen to us and how we look at life as a whole.
It is easy for us to live in the past (fall into the trap of shoulda, woulda, coulda) and project what is to come in the future. We don’t have the past and we don’t know what the future will bring. We only have today or better yet, we only have this moment right now. Enjoy it. Live it. Breathe. Be thankful for it. Choose to be happy. Choose to be positive. Choose to believe that you are exactly where you are suppose to be right now. Choose to be grateful for all that you have and you will realize that already have all you need.
For the whole piece, click here.
I think she’s on to something.
P.S. Photo taken over Europe with an Olympus OM-D E-M1. We were on our way home from Italy… a trip I was most grateful to have taken.