30 days of gratefulness
Webster’s defines “gratefulness” as feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act.
So many times we tend to focus on what we don’t have or what is not happening for us or to us. During those times, when negative thoughts seem to overwhelm us, one of the sure ways to overcome that feeling is to replace those negative thoughts with thoughts of gratitude.
Before downtown was revitalized, I remember talking to those of us who lived here about the things we wanted to exist. More restaurants, more art, more places to shop for food and accessories, a dog park, etc. As downtown began to grow, the talk shifted from what was missing and what we didn’t have to what was now there and what we did have and how grateful we were. We would smile and talk about the new businesses opening up, the job opportunities and the gratitude for exciting new things both necessary and desired.
How do you shift from talking about what you don’t have to being grateful for what you do have?
Stop and look around. Make a list of things and people that you are grateful for. You can also write down one kind act that someone did to brighten your day or one thing that put a smile on your face.
Here’s an action for you: Get a calendar and every day write down one thing you are grateful for. At the end of the month you will look up and see you have filled 30 days of gratefulness.
There is always something to be grateful for. I know we were grateful for the people who had a dream or a goal and decided to take that leap of faith to open their business downtown. It put a smile on our faces. It made us happy. We were grateful.
Writer William Arthur Ward said, “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
Augusta Scott is a certified life coach, downtown denizen and person to know within the community.
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