How to live a life of Gratitude, Living a Life of Gratitude is Glorious.
Every day that I wake up, I try to think of at least ten things that I’m grateful for. I was inspired to do this about two years ago after watching someone speak about gratitude on YouTube. Plus I saw an inspirational movie called, "The Ultimate Life," where a man shared that he writes ten things he’s grateful for every day. The combination of these two incidents really planted seeds of inspiration in my heart, and I decided I wanted to be more grateful. That meant, I needed to be intentional.
For a while after starting my new trend of gratitude I considered myself getting pretty good at being grateful. I would wake up, journal my list of ten and felt great. It literally had become a life-changing experience for me. However, some time ago, I had somewhat of a set- back. It was one morning when I went to get my items out of the dryer only to find that they were still wet and that my dryer was broken. The way I reacted you would have thought that the world was coming to an end. I remember grabbing my phone and googling the words “what to do if your dryer breaks” and it said, “go to the laundry mat’. To be honest, I did not, I repeat DID NOT want to go to the laundry mat. For two reasons, it was far from where I lived and well it was sooooo inconvenient.
Needless to say, I couldn’t wait for my dryer to be repaired, so I headed off to the laundry mat. While I was loading my clothes in what I thought was a washer, (turns out it was actually a dryer), it dawned on me that I had forgotten to be grateful for the little things.
Have you ever forgotten about the little things?
Well, this particular day I realized that I was so used to washing and drying my clothes whenever I felt like it in the comfort of my own home that I had forgotten how this little thing was actually a (Big Deal) when it was no longer functioning.
Later that day a friend made me realize that there are so many things or people that can be easily overlooked. I'm talking about the little things. Things like the fact that your spouse is a provider, or helps put the kids to bed, or the teacher who takes special interest in helping your child at school. Or maybe it’s something as simple as a working dryer.
That’s why I chose Grateful Grape Salad as the recipe for the day. The truth is. I know salad is good for me, but honestly, I don’t eat salad as much as I should in the same way that I know that gratitude is important, but I’m not always as grateful as I should be.
I don’t know about you, but when I do eat salad, I don’t like it plain. If I were to guess, I would say very few people like their salad plain without any dressings, nuts, or fruit, or anything just plain old lettuce in a bowl. It’s just not the same without those little things.
My point is we should all make an effort to be more grateful. After all, it’s the little things that might be a BIG THING if it were to be taken away. So let’s not forget about the little things or maybe, the little people.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this recipe, please share your personal " “How to live a life of Gratitude," recipe with me. They say some of the best recipes are the ones that are passed down. Until next time, Chef Ya Later!
Take inventory (Think of a list of things and people that currently make a difference in your life)
Be Appreciative (Use your inventory to write a list of why you are fortunate to have these people and things in your life)
Be Thankful (Try giving someone you care about a call and tell them how much you appreciate them)
Try to guard your words against complaining
I have yet to master this recipe, but I can say it gets better and better every time I make it! :)
7 Day Challenge :
Chose to be grateful for one item that you frequently use but never thought about being grateful for.
You’ve Got this journal!
My husband bought me this journal from Office Depot and I use it every day. It’s a fitness journal that includes a section where you can write a list of things you're grateful for daily. It comes with some great quotes and fitness tips as well!
Have you ever seen the Ultimate Life? I believe it's consider the sequel of a movie called The Ultimate Gift", which I LOVE. This movie always reminds me of gratitude, and what really matters in life. It's an oldie but a goodie ;)