How Gratitude Helps Me

Even though I’ve been writing and sharing about healing, I’m regularly stressed out. As a working mom of a toddler, I get overwhelmed. I can also become depressed about the way the world can seem, and especially sad about the environment. I wish I could say I were living in a state of perpetual bliss, but much of the time, I’m not. 

At these times it helps me to become aware of the many things in my life to be grateful for. It’s easy to let the curtain close on the beauty of life when things get overwhelming or I get caught up in day-to-day details. Thankfully, there are always things to be grateful for. 

When I remember to, which is *almost* every day, I make a gratitude list. I usually state my list in my heart, say it aloud if no one’s around, or write it down. There are some wonderful gratitude journals. One that I’ve enjoyed is The Five Minute Journal (they also have an app), but there are many others. 

Being aware of what I’m grateful for helps me see the many blessings of my life. It helps them grow larger. And it helps my mind stop being so worried. Life is beautiful, if you see it the right way, and there is perfection in the imperfection.  

Today I’m grateful for you, this blog, the birds, the water, my family, my friends, candles, books, my job, my coworkers, trees, writing. I’m grateful for the many people making positive changes in the world where they see a need. I’m grateful that I can share my writing with you!

What are you grateful for?

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