How in the World is it NOVEMBER Already?!
I have no idea where this last 2 months have gone. In years past I’ve participated in one of the various “November Month of Gratitude” challenges on social media. This year I have chosen not to do so.
Personally, I believe gratitude is something that should always be practiced. What’s that saying: “It is not happy people who are grateful, it’s grateful people who are happy.” By practicing gratitude regularly we recognize that who we are and what we have is enough. I have found that the way I look at a situation affects how I feel.
According to dictionary.com gratitude by definition is, “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.” Psychology Today offers that, “gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has – as opposed to… what one wants.” The article further suggests that by choosing to cultivate an attitude of gratitude an individual’s well-being and happiness increases in addition to optimism, empathy and energy (Psychology Today, 2017).
Practicing Gratitude is a CHOICE
Listen, I am not a walking breathing grateful machine. I have my moments when all is right in the world. But, I also have those moments when absolutely nothing seems to be going in my favor. Some days I literally have to tell myself to “knock it off” and allow myself to see the lesson in the moment. Life can be tough and I totally get that.
Gratitude Changes Things
- I can either be overwhelmed at the amount of laundry waiting to be washed, dried and put away OR choose to be thankful and grateful for the blessing of my family.
- Some days my children make me want to pull my hair out. It’s a choice however that we make each day to either feel overwhelmed by our children or thankful for the opportunity to nurture and raise them. This doesn’t mean that our children won’t drive us crazy from time to time.
- Chores and household responsibilities may overwhelm me from time to time. The yard work is one of those tasks that consistently overwhelms me. I don’t love tending to the yard. The amount of leaves in my backyard that needs dealt with currently makes me feel completely overwhelmed… I can either choose to be thankful for the backyard that I have or overwhelmed at the task at hand. I’m thankful.
When I’m actively practicing gratitude I can find JOY and beauty in the leaves that blanket my backyard. The amount of noise, clothes, dishes and mess that my children make may drive me crazy but being a mother brings me so much unspeakable joy and happiness. The very existence of my husband and children in my life makes me a better person and forever grateful.
I stumbled across a quote and I can’t remember it in its entirety but it had something to do with people that are grateful will find more waterfalls because they are looking for it. I suppose this statement could be valid for people that look for rainbows after the rainstorm… don’t stop looking for things to be grateful for. There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.