G is for Gratitude
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I've mentioned this before, but I start every morning with a positive reason to get out of bed. What do I have to look forward to that day? Perhaps it's payday, or I have a new makeup brush to use. I get out of bed for blueberry muffins, nice weather, and to enjoy the quiet before Troy and Mya wake up. There are no rules: my positive reason can be anything that I want it to be.
I started doing this a long time ago (Jr. High? High School?) and for a long time it was as natural to me as breathing. My mind automatically went to my happy thought every morning as soon as I woke up. No need to remind myself to do it, I just did. I still think of my positive thing every morning, but sometimes I'm in the shower before I remember that I forgot to think about it. Perhaps I'm getting forgetful as I get older.
Now I am adding to my routine and ending my day by thinking about the thing that I am most thankful for before falling asleep at night. My moment of gratitude! Start and end my day with happy thoughts because life is better when you focus on the positive. I do a lot of negative things during the day that I regret, but I always go back to the positive.
This new routine forces me to think of the positive things in my life. I can't dwell on the negative for long when I have to get to my thankful moment before I drift off to sleep. I sometimes amaze and surprise myself with the things I choose as the moment I am most thankful for from my day.
- The warmth I felt when Troy reached over and put his hand on my leg in the car
- The easy conversation I had with a friend
- Realizing that I made someone else smile
- Sore muscles from work
- My quick typing fingers
- Warm socks on a chilly morning
It reminds me of what's important in life. The things I choose as my moment of gratitude for the day are usually small little things, but are so much more important that than those negatives that I stressed over and turned into big things. No matter what emotions I experience during the day I choose to end my day by reminding myself of something great. What do I have to be thankful for today?