Most evenings at dinner we read the daily gratitude quote from The Grateful Table, 365 Blessing, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal. I came across this quote a few days ago and it really inspired me:
Gratitude Tip: Be grateful simply because you were given another day here on Earth. Find gratitude in the ability to serve others. Show gratitude through love, kindness and affection. Smile with thanks when you see the morning sun.
Today I encourage you to be grateful for all of the little things that we take for granted. You woke up, in a bed, in a climate controlled home with electricity and clean drinking water. You likely took a hot shower and used several appliances to prepare your breakfast. Your fridge and cupboards are full of food. You have a car to drive (possibly 2 or 3) and money to put fuel in your vehicle. You have a job or business to go to, even though you may not love what you are doing right at this moment, it is likely serving the purpose of putting money in your bank account to help you to pay for food, fuel and shelter. Walk around in a state of gratitude for everything around you. Give thanks to the makers and creators who thought of your desk, your chair, the clothing you’re wearing. The list is endless. And at the end of the day, before you fall asleep, take a few moments to breathe deeply and inhale love and exhale gratitude. Write in your gratitude journal and just before you nod off to sleep, simply say ‘thank you, thank you, thank you,’
Saturday afternoon, my husband and I went for an hour walk along the beach here in Burlington. Our daughter was at her grand-parents and the weather was unseasonably warm. We knew we had a beautiful moment in time to enjoy the gifts we have right here in Burlington, Ontario. I was in a state of gratitude for the fact that we have a beachfront, and that the sun was shining, creating absolutely beautiful light on the lake. The lake was full of different birds, mallards, swans and seagulls, all fishing for their dinner and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine. We were both in gratitude to live in such a beautiful place. We talked about our dreams and our vision for the next few years together, and really connected deeply as partners. Moments like these can be rare in our very full lives. When these small windows of time open up, it’s essential that we grab them and stop for just a short time to simply BE present.
Thank you dear readers of this blog, thank you for continuing to follow my gratitude project and connect about your own personal journey with gratitude. We are doing something truly amazing together and the more we are grateful, the more we will inspire those around us to be grateful.
It’s Day 25 of the #40daysofgratitude challenge. Seems like a long time to do a gratitude challenge! I’m still noticing your daily posts and all of the wonderful people and things you are all grateful for. I’ll be doing another draw in the next few days, so make sure you’re using the hashtag #40daysofgratitude so that I can find your posts.