I would like to share with you another eye- opening story which has happened 2 years and 5 months ago. It was June 2008, shortly after my birthday & I was kicking off my consulting career, when I was full time on a project. I was sitting in my hotel room after a day at client’s site. I did not have a clue that upcoming brief chat with my online friend from Iceland will drastically transform my outlook on life. Our instant messaging chat went on something like this:
Me: Hi, Erik. What are you up to?
Erik: Hello, Ivana. I am adding items to my gratitude list.
Me: What? Gratitude list? For what?
Erik: Don’t you have one?
Erik: You better sit down and write one down, now!
Me: All right, I will give it a thought.
Erik: So, take care for now. I will talk to you some other time and we can discuss our lists.
Me: OK, ciao.
Next thing I did, is that I have pulled out letter paper from hotel’s desk set and written down my 1st gratitude list (see picture above, yes I still have it with me!)
The Best Time for Creating or Revising Your Gratitude List Now.
Like I did after chat with Erik. I could have ignored it or I could have felt all gloomy, because I did not have a gratitude list yet (oh, my everyone is having it, but me? what is wrong with me?), but I have chosen to act on in that moment.
The beauty of this process
was is, that it will really make you think about your blessings and you will be instantly “beamed” into different matrix. Feeling, which follows is pure flow of warmth & I must warn you, it is pretty addictive emotional state. I am not “clean” since June 2008;-)
Keep Your Gratitude List Close To You, It Really Helps When You Feel All “Whiny”
We, human beings are really masters of creating lists and dramas in our heads about how everything sucks, how much injustice in life we have to bear, what a horrible weather is out there (too cold, too hot, rainy…all wrong), how our jobs are infested with jerks, how lonely we are etc, etc. Yeah, I have been there, I have done that. I am guilty of all of it, too.
But now, I know how to withdraw from this pointless emotional state. I start to think of what would I add into my gratitude list today. Believe it or not, it works. Guaranteed.
There Are Plenty of Reasons for Expressing Gratitude – Everyday!
Knowing how to be and feel grateful is a skill and as with acquiring any skill it takes practice. So, practice gratitude everyday, folks!
Here is what I am grateful for today:
- health of mine and my loved ones
- blue sky and safety of home in Poprad
- running drinkable & hot water from our taps
- delicious homemade food prepared with love
- flow of creativity and self-awareness
- friends who care (yes, it includes YOU)
- and for an amazing parcel, which I have received just moments ago
Are you curious, what was in the parcel?
Here we go: food for my soul, yay!
Note: I am sending tons of positive vibes to sender of this joyful package. Thank you, A.
do you have your gratitude list? Do you re-read it? Are you adding items to it? Did it ever help you to focus on things you are grateful for? What other techniques do you use to get you into grateful and joyful state of mind?
I am already grateful to you for reading this shipment.