Lately I have been thinking about how easy it is for people, myself included, to express discontent and annoyances but how hard it is to express gratitude. When you ask someone “how was your day” they usually launch into a story about how their day was monotonous and uneventful, but what about all of the things that are worth expressing gratitude for? We woke up this morning. We have roofs over our heads. We have access to healthy foods, healthcare, and education. We are so incredibly blessed that sometimes it is so hard to even see it. I, myself, fall into this category as it is easy to think about the things that we WANT rather than the thing that we HAVE. But I am calling for a “moment of silence” if you want to call it that, where we thank the universe for what we have. Take a moment to realize that expressing gratitude is just as important, if not more, than expressing nuisances. As the holiday season is rapidly approaching, I challenge you all to take a moment of your time every day, even if it is a few minutes when you are sitting in traffic, to list the things you are grateful for and see how it changes your mindset for the better.
If you would like to engage with this post, drop a comment below of something that you want to express gratitude towards. You never know how much it can brighten someone’s day.
I will start: I want to express gratitude to the people around me for giving me ample opportunities despite my flaws and faults as a human. It is easy to walk away from friendships, because friendships require active work and humans are inherently lazy. I am thankful every day that I have people in my life (including the supporters of this blog) that show me patience and kindness when I need it the most.