Gratitude means different things to many people. To some, it may mean just saying the old worn out word “Thanks” and to others, it takes on an entirely deeper meaning. I’d like to explore the deeper meaning of giving thanks.
Every day, each of us goes about our daily tasks mindlessly without thinking or appreciating what’s right in front of us. The little things that we take for granted all throughout our day…….the person who holds the door for us or the warm smile someone flashes us when we are least expecting it and even the warm sunlight that shines upon our faces. Sometimes gratitude is simply taken for granted or overlooked by even the best of us. We just assume that everyone around us knows that we are thankful.
The reality of the situation is that it takes a conscious effort on our part to be ever “mindful” of the small things every day in life. It’s really paying attention to those aspects that make our lives that much more complete or that spot where it’s that much warmer in our hearts to be.
During the month of November when YOU have ended your day and are winding down, just lie in bed, close your eyes and reflect on the day. Try to pick three things (every night) that transpired throughout the day that YOU are grateful for and write them down. Some days it may be harder than others to find them, but it can be the simplest thing ……..like the way your dog greets you when you enter the door. Then write WHY you are thankful for them.
At the end of the month, reflect back on how you view things in your life since you started this reflection. I hope you will start to see a change in how your mind views things. By appreciating the small things every day we tend to view the more difficult moments in our lives from a different perspective. Maybe ……..we may even start to think that what we thought were problems aren’t really problems at all.
So by all means “Give Thanks” for all the little moments you have been blessed with, for they are the very things that have made us who we are today.