I chose to write on gratitude given its fit with the season. It benefits my well-being and feels interesting to share at this time. I experience periods in my life when I am more and less grateful. Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” My story includes traveling on both of these options for living and today I prefer living my life as though everything is a miracle.
A definition of gratitude I relate with is: The quality or condition of being thankful, the appreciation of an inclination to return kindness. Oprah says thank you first thing each morning, before she’s fully awake and before reaching for her phone. I want some of what she’s got so I’m willing to do what she does. In my life, I have experienced the state of gratitude and other states I find less desirable. With practice and options, I have learned that the state I prefer to be in and surrounded by is gratitude. It doesn’t always come to me immediately, meaning when I am out of gratitude I spend some time searching for what is off until I find the feeling of gratitude and slip back into it. It can feel like a warm blanket to me.
Today I am grateful to have so many choices in my life. This includes the clarity to see my choice filled situation, perception truly is reality. I have my own ability to paint myself into a corner in life or to keep myself open to options. When I’m open to options, I experience periods of thriving, times of challenges and the whole spectrum between these two. I feel grateful for the choice today to live in a state of as much reality as possible.
What’s on my gratitude list? The people who help me along with my willingness to ask for help. I feel grateful for people and other creatures I love and that love me. I am grateful to have a bias for taking action when it is needed including experiencing the life or death difference taking action can have.
Research shows that long term journaling of gratitude can improve happiness almost 10%. Admittedly, my own journaling efforts are a work in progress. I can tell from my varying commitment that when I am committed to it, I unexplainably feel much better than when I am not. Learning this benefit lights a fire to journal about my own gratitude more frequently. My hope is that you may find something here to contemplate on your gratitude. Feel free to leave a comment if you feel inclined.