“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
I know that I have so incredibly much to be grateful for in life. We all have so much to be grateful for. When I read this statement from Bonhoeffer (and if you haven’t read any of his works, or the exceptional biography written about him, I highly encourage you to check them out) I was reminded of the power of including gratitude as part of your daily routine.
It is as simple as writing down three things that you are grateful for each day. I wrote about this back in July but I wanted to mention it again as I don’t think the power of this habit can be overstated. I can speak from experience because of late I have been in a particularly busy season and this is one of the habits that I have allowed to go to the wayside. Shame on me. Without this daily perspective and attitude of thankfulness it is hard to keep the thief of joy at bay. But a simple practice reframes the mind and lets one carry forward to serve others with a cheerful heart.
I challenge you to simply try it for a week. First thing in the morning, or just before bed at night, write down three things that have happened in the last 24 hours that you are particularly grateful for. See how you feel after a week. Then see if you can complete the month. What better month of the year to express Thanksgiving than November?
See what happens. You won’t be disappointed.