On A Mission for Gratitude

April 21st, 2012

“I cursed the fact that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”-Persian Proverb

Lately, I’ve been on a mission for gratitude.

I have realized that I have been spending so much time thinking about the things I don’t have . I feel that  when I am so busy thinking about the future it becomes harder to appreciate what I have right now.

So many people  go to sleep without food, clothes, electricity. So unless we take the time to notice the blessings that we have it is easy to take them for granted.

Looking back on my travels the one thing I wished I could have done is be more grateful. Grateful for the challenge of adapting to a new country. Grateful for being able to try new things. Grateful for a favorite food that I feel in love with. Grateful for learning a new language. I wished I was more grateful because gratitude make our experiences so much richer and sweeter.

Gratitude is a fabulous life sweetener. Because when we count our blessings we automatically multiply our happiness. Everything feels better when we are grateful for it.

I think that one of the most important factors that determines happiness is perspective. How we see something has a direct impact on how we experience it. By taking the time to feel more gratitude, I feel that I will be able to find more positivity in all situations and learn from them.

Its hard though. I admit that it is easier said than done. But I’m on a mission. I’m a mission to feel more gratitude because without understanding and appreciating what I do have…the minutes will pass and the time will go by without me enjoying it or making the most of it. Time waits for no one and I feel that if I am going to make the most of it I have to remind myself to be grateful for what I have.

So as with anything challenging…it takes work. Having an attitude of gratitude takes practice. Practice makes perfect. 

But how will I practice?  Well, I plan on taking two steps to achieve my mission every day.

Step 1: Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen.

Step 2: Wake up everyday with a grateful heart.

What about you? Would like to join me on the mission for gratitude?


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