Gratitude has played a huge part in the way I've lived my life over the last few years. Between learning how to let go of things as required, and being grateful for all the ordinary moments I'm so lucky to experience, I've become more content.
Even through times of incredible hardship, loss and strain, I've found simple things to be grateful for.
I make it a point to stop multiple times a day, look around, and give thanks for the things I have. Whether it be at work, at home, or while I'm out and about, I've so much to be thankful for. My friends, my colleagues, a job that provides me satisfaction and challenges. A work office that overlooks a lake, a small but incredibly cozy place to live, loving relationships, a quirky cat, books to read, food in my pantry... the list goes on and on.
I may not be rich, but I have enough to eat out now and again, go to the pictures, see a popular local band, keep up this website, buy new clothes when I need them, and pay my bills.
Compared to many around the world, this is a life of unfathomable richness.
Putting my earnings into www.globalrichlist.com was truly eye-opening. I make a good living by many standards, but I'm certainly nowhere near wealthy by the standards in my country. I come from a 'working class' family, and I guess I'd probably be considered 'middle class' now. I'm frugal, spend my money carefuly (experiences over things), and focus on my goals.
Checking out Global Rich List, scrolling through the info once I'd put in my amount, and reading about the rest of the world, was humbling. This little exercise will take you only a few moments. I encourage you to give it a go.
Another site I've found incredibly inspiring is www.365grateful.com. Watching the video about Amy was heart wrenching and uplifting at the same time. Take a few minutes and see how a regular gratitude practice can change your life. Amy's video is the one on the right under 'stories.' You may need a box of tissues.
I also find writing down the things that I'm grateful for embeds and solidifies my feelings of gratitude. And, I've created this little Gratitude Journal called 'Witness Your Week' for you to try the practice yourself!
There's a months worth of pages below, for you to give it a try!
I hope you like them.
The 'Witness Your Week Gratitude Journal' is now available for free in The Garden of Gratitude.