Today, I Am Thankful For…
Positivity isn’t something that comes naturally to me. I probably shouldn’t admit something like that out loud, but it’s the truth and I feel like we could all use a little more of that these days. I am a hopeful person but as I’ve become more aware of myself and my behaviors, I’ve noticed that my default action is to panic, worry or think less-than-positively about a given situation. I don’t automatically think about the good in something. Someone usually has to “gently” remind me that another side exists and it’s at that point that I allow myself to think of an alternative.
It’s kind of exhausting to live life like that and lately I’ve been wondering what it would be like to decide to be thankful for everything instead of focusing on all the stuff I think I don’t have. I’ve been hearing a lot about the idea of acting from the place you are right now (see Stacia’s recap on Tedx) vs. waiting for this just-right point in your life to do more – or anything. I keep thinking I need to be more like this or do more of that before I can be happy, be motivated, be inspirational, be. period.
So, I’m shaking things up a bit. I’m going to stop waiting for this life I think I want and I’m just going to do what I can now. I have a lot to be thankful for and it’s about damn time I stop taking them for granted. During the month of May, I am going to take a page from The Happiness Project and commit to writing down at least one thing a day that makes me thankful. I thought about doing this project online via my Tumblr account so people could follow along, but I think I would gain more from this if I physically write things down.
I’ll be sure to post a pic or two of my gratitude chart during the month, so be sure to check back.
Have any of you ever done anything like this before?
How did you express your thanks?
Did you find that it helped you be more joyful and positive?