For several years it has been my practice to end most days with gratitude. Beside my bed I keep a gratitude journal. Teeth brushed and jammies on, I spend a few minutes contemplating the day’s events, noting at least five things for which I am grateful. People. Flowers. Food. Good fortune. Big or small, I write them down. Some days, I muster only short phrases. To the point. Other days, I wax on in flowery descriptive paragraphs. Either way and no matter what the focus of my gratitude, it feels good.
On my morning walk today, I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude for the lush beauty of a sunny spring morning beside Lake Superior. How fortunate we are to live in a place of relative peace, where upon waking one must immediately face the many points of one’s good fortune! And how luxurious to walk meditatively, quietly relishing gratitude … I believe gratitude may be the ultimate wealth as it doubles the value of one’s other blessings.
And so, now I have set the intention to both begin and end each day with gratitude! I am not sure I want to use the gratitude journal twice a day, though. I’m contemplating what other ritual I could establish — something light and airy and uplifting, something quick and easy that does not require paper or pencil… Any ideas?!