Last night as I was going to bed I thought it was time to start my "gratitude" journal-ing once again. As I read through some of my older lists it reminded me of what was going on in my life at the time, AND since I am not consistent in journal-writing (really? no kidding! LOL) the gratitude lists help recall my life and what I was focusing on at the time of the entries.
I have a sign in my dining room/family room that reads "An Attitude of Gratitude Creates Blessings". I love having reminders of positive things around me to help remind myself to be better. I also have a plate in my kitchen that my future daughter-in-law (at the time; she's now in our family thank goodness!) that reads "a grateful plateful" as well as "a thankful heart"-another reminder for me to be grateful.
I do believe that what we focus on is what shows up in our lives; I have seen that happen in mine. Now, I have never had the experience of focusing on a monetary or material goal and have had that show up for me , but then again, I haven't actually set my mind on that yet; at least not in a consistent manner. BUT I have had had the extreme pleasure of looking for things to be grateful for as I was keeping my gratitude journals.
I remember a time in my life that I was keeping a consistent list of things to be grateful for; only 3 -5 things a day. I was sitting in a parking lot waiting to go inside a store to service their greeting cards and watching a seagull eating some leftover hamburger or something. I found great joy in that sight! (Disclaimer here: I love seagulls; they are my favorite birds. I know I am in the minority here but I still love watching them!) My lesson that day (and that was probably eight years ago) was that as I was looking for things to be grateful for, I was seeing things to be grateful for and finding joy in that journey.
I thought about starting a gratitude list on this blog; however, I will spare everyone (well, right now it's just me *S*) my lists; however, I do try and not list the same things everyday unless they are big things for me at the time. I have a red beaded book that I keep on my night table which I bought in Spokane when I was with friends. ( I have a wonderful friend who has been consistent in keeping a gratitude journal for YEARS and she pointed out to me that I need to have a book that I love writing in and I do love that book! (what will I do when I fill it?*S*)