Gratitude. We hear that word so often lately. Be grateful. Be thankful. Enjoy the little things for someday you will realize they were the big things. Be kind. Show appreciation.
It’s at this time of year that we call attention especially to gratitude and thankfulness. We celebrate it. We have an entire day to celebrate being thankful. We have traditions around it. We share with others why we are thankful. It makes us feel good.
And then the season passes and we stop being as intentional as about it. We let the little things creep back in. We get annoyed by slow drivers or having to wait in line at the grocery store. We get impatient with our kids. We often complain to strangers. We demand things. We want things our way.
We fail to put ourselves in others’ shoes. Kindness often takes a back seat.
Why are we so incredibly grateful during the season and then quickly forget as soon as the calendar turns a page?
Gratitude must be intentional. It’s a practice. It’s a commitment. It’s a choice.
One of the best things I started a couple years ago was a gratitude journal. I write three things every single morning. What am I grateful for today? Some days it’s deep, profound and so easy to write. Other days I struggle to find gratitude in my hot cup of coffee.
If you find yourself complaining about the little things like the weather or traffic, consider that you have the choice to choose to be grateful. Accept that certain things you cannot change. But you can change your attitude.
I challenge you to start each day with three things. They can be small things. You may not think this makes a difference. That’s why it’s a practice. There is no finish line. You must practice gratitude daily to truly experience it on a deeper level.
Choose gratitude. Be thankful for the little things always. Find something to be grateful for daily..