Does your family do the thing where you go around the table and say something that you’re thankful for?
Gratitude is something that I practice on a daily basis. More than daily, a constant basis!
I say “practice” because it is not always easy and it takes….practice.
Sure, there are the big things that we’re all grateful for: our familes, our friends, food, yoga pants…..but it’s not always easy to find something we can appreciate in the mundane or the hard situations.
A few mornings ago, I was driving my kids to school. It was one of those moments where everyone was talking at once and my head was about to explode. (Do you have those moments? Just me then? Ok!) I was preoccupied thinking about a discussion that I had had with my husband that had annoyed me. I was also hungry because I had overslept and been rushing around to get everyone ready for school and had not eaten anything yet. Which led to this whole negative downward spiral thought process about how nobody in my house seems to be able to function unless I am awake standing over them telling them what to do. (Does this sound familiar to you?) I was super annoyed at everything and everyone. Amid some very slow, annoying traffic, I happened to look up at the sky and (yes, this sounds super corny) it was so beautiful. The pattern of the clouds, the light streaming through. It was like a painting. Or a stock photo. Or something. But it was really, really pretty and totally distracted me from my list of grievances that morning.
If I were a bumper sticker writer, I would write this one.
Gratitude: Not Just About Big Things.
Yes, I am thankful for my family, my house, my career, my country. I am just as thankful for a pretty clouds that distract me from being annoyed. I am thankful for being in the right place at the right time.
There is always something!