The practice of gratitude is something most of us need to be intentional with, at least until it becomes a habit. A couple of years ago I began the the habit of reading and writing first thing every morning. I’d get my cup of coffee, my devotional, Bible and journal and go to the same chair on my lanai and read, pray and write.
Some days when I first sat down I’d already be feeling anxious about the day to come and my focus was centered on tasks and responsibilities, and have to be very intentional about what I was doing. Then as I began to read and write my focus would shift to all the blessings I have in my life and I’d start to feel at peace.
Since I began this practice of reading and writing each morning I’ve noticed that shifting my attention toward being grateful helps set my intention for the day and allows me to be more present in everything I do.
It’s never too late to begin. Start by setting a time each day to think of 3 things you are grateful for and write them down. Use the same notebook or journal so you can look back at them when you most need it.
I like to believe the more grateful we approach each day prepares us for the bumps of life, so when when we do face trials we can still choose to be grateful. Give it a try and don’t be surprised when your cup is overflowing with thanksgiving.