Why Do We Need a Solid Foundation of Gratitude?
There are always going to be times in our lives when things don’t go as planned. And this is why we need a solid foundation of gratitude. Having our foundation on gratitude allows us to get through our challenges more easily. This sounds a lot easier said than done! Let’s start with building our foundation.
How to build a foundation of gratitude
First, we have to practice waking up with gratitude. That’s the most important gratitude habit to create. When we choose to wake up with gratitude, it sets an amazing and positive tone for the rest of our day. I’ve shared several ways to wake up with gratitude in this previous post. The key strategy is to simply wake up and give thanks for the gift of another day.
Strengthening our foundation
Once we’ve created the habit of waking up with gratitude, we can start to focus on other ways to be grateful throughout our day. We have so much to be grateful in our lives, yet it’s really easy to take things for granted. I wrote a poem called a Recipe for Simple Daily Gratitude as a reminder of what we can be grateful for every day.
Other way to solidify our foundation
When we are thrown a curveball, we can try to look at it from a different perspective, to see if we can find gratitude in the moment. Last year when I sprained my ankle in the last week of a four week massive business goal, it was a shock. Even before I got to the hospital for treatment, I was looking for things to be grateful for. I was grateful that I was only a few blocks from home and that my husband works nearby. It took me almost 6 weeks to fully recover, but in that time, I got some extra rest and learned to be even more grateful just to be able to walk every day.
When do we really need a solid foundation of gratitude?
There will be times in our lives when we are faced with tremendous challenges. We may face situations that can be both heartbreaking and soul-crushing. Events happen that will forever change the course of our lives. These are the times when we need our foundation of gratitude the most.
The first time that I really needed a solid foundation of gratitude was when I suffered my first miscarriage. At the time, my daughter was just over 2 years old and I was expecting my second. I was 15 weeks pregnant and thought I was in the clear. Unfortunately, I wasn’t. Turns out I had gone into labour at home (I didn’t realize it until later) and ended up having a traumatic miscarriage. The police broke down my front door and I was taken to the emergency room by ambulance.
It was a very frightening time for me. Within an hour, I had to have surgery (D&C). I was still numb from the shock as it all happened so quickly. Incredibly, I was released from recovery in record time and my husband and I went to pick up my daughter at daycare. All of this happened in the course of less than 5 hours.
That night, I somehow found the strength to write in my gratitude journal. I was able to find things to be grateful for, including the fact that my daughter had been at daycare and not at home with me.
It’s easy to be grateful when everything is going well.
And it’s also easy not to be grateful. Yet when we choose to make a commitment to practice gratitude every single day; we will build a solid foundation of gratitude. The next time the shit hits the fan, as it always does, we’ll be able to find gratitude – no matter how difficult the situation may be.
Where in your life are you struggling to find gratitude? I invite you to start today with the most simple gratitude habit: wake up with gratitude. Start here and see if this one step alone will make a difference for you. All it takes is a step in the right direction and you’ll slowly start to build your foundation of gratitude.
Stay tuned for what’s next!