I have been thinking a lot about being thankful. November always turns my thoughts toward gratitude. I recently wrote a post called Attitude of Gratitude and I mentioned study that showed that writing down things we are grateful for makes us feel happier. I have been making an effort to notice and remark on things for which I am thankful.
Today, I have been thankful for so many things. First, I was thankful for my alarm clock and my treadmill, then for a nice cleansing shower. I was thankful to have a ride to work on this chilly day and for a husband who is happy to drive me to work. I was thankful for a warm welcome from Will, Ralph, Wayne, Sue and Rene when I arrived at work, and for the opportunity to welcome the coworkers who arrived after me. I am extremely grateful for my morning cup of coffee and for good conversation with my office mate Ashley. I am thankful that I have a great job with a wonderful organization and a boss that I admire.
That list gets me to 9:00am and it goes on and on. I have so very much to be grateful for. Acknowledging this helps to keep me focused on the positive and on how blessed I am. Since I challenged myself to “count my blessings,” I feel more peaceful and happy. It is easier to let go of any little disappointments or challenges when I see them in light of all the many good things that happen throughout the day.
When our kids were little, they had a friend, Rob, who had a “Gratitude Book.” Rob kept a running list of all the things for which he was grateful, all the little opportunities to be thankful. I have been thinking about Rob and his Gratitude Book a lot since I began keeping track of my own gratitude. I wonder if he still has his book, if he ever adds to it. I wonder if all that gratitude from his childhood spills over into his everyday adult life. I like to think so. I truly believe that my own gratitude list is contributing to my peace and joy.