Day one, Step one: Gratitude
Gratitude is the most important tool in your toolbox. For that reason, gratitude journaling starts now (as in right now, not later when you feel like it, or after you buy the best perfect pen and a super cute journal to go with it) and it happens every day until you are constantly flooded with beautiful thoughts about all the things you have to be happy for. So basically, you’ll be gratitude journaling for the rest of your life. Relax! I’m kidding. Just start.
And start small. We’re not resolving to bring about world peace right now. We’re focusing on a micro level within the constructs of our own personal lives.
- Are you alive? Yes! Be grateful to be alive.
- Is your heart currently beating? Yes! Be grateful for a heart that beats.
- Is your brain functioning? Yes! High five for your brain. It’s beautiful.
- Can you breathe? Yes! Thank you lungs for taking in oxygen.
- Is our planet still orbiting the sun? Sweet! Who doesn’t love the sun?
This is the juice. This is the fuel that will get your gratitude engine humming. And in the end, it is that engine that will ultimately create the change you are dying to make and allow you to live in love and light.
Grab a pen and paper or open up a blank Google or Word doc. Whatever strikes your fancy. You’re going to write nonstop (pen-to-paper or fingers-to-keyboard) for ten minutes listing things you can be grateful for–some personal, some worldly, some in the present moment, some from past memories. Keep it simple–sunshine on your face, petting your dog or cat, chocolate milk. Do not stop writing. Don’t pick your pen up off the page. Don’t take your fingers off the keyboard. If you can’t think of anything to add, just repeat the last thing you were thankful for over and over until something new pops into your head. Set a timer or just glance at the clock and GO!
P.S. That photo was taken at the end of my Ireland bike ride, up at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. It was such a cool place–more to come!