In 2015 I posted “One of the wisest things I did in 2015 was my gratitude jar. I am so happy that I stuck with this exercise because the results were nothing but incredible.” I still LOVE this practice and wanted to share with my friends my insights about this attitude of gratitude.
I was reading this great article
It doesn’t matter what you write. The simple act of finding something to appreciate shifts you a tiny bit each time. Grateful for rain — we had a very long, hot, dry summer in Southern California. A huge drought. Rain, so abundant in my former hometown of Chicago, was precious and worth noting this year.
Mindfulness makes the mundane special. Grateful I can call and talk to my mom — she’s getting close to 90. I lost my dad two summers ago. And my mom and I had a rough patch a while back where we didn’t talk at all. So being able to pick up the phone and call her is simple, yet weighty.
Reading the slips brings you back to the abundance in your life. Wonderful trip to Portland reminded me not just of the trip, but of our dear friends who hosted us, the Little League game we saw, the paleo food truck we found. Beyond all that, though, it represented a milestone for me, as the trip took place a month after a health diagnosis turned my world upside-down and made me question whether I would ever fly again. Completing that trip was a symbol that life was still good, and that a simple trip was much more than that.
Reading about this made me get the camera out and do a video… I couldn’t agree more!
One of my favorite personal development teachers, Tony Robbins said it best:
“When you’re grateful, there is no fear. You can’t be fearful and grateful simultaneously.”
What are you grateful for today?
“According to Echart Tolle,
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance (Tolle, 2005).”
The short morning meditation I practice is this one:
A gratitude jar is not a craft project, it is a practice in appreciation and abundance.
I would LOVE to hear from you, are you doing your gratitude jar or are you up for the challenge?