I started this daily gratitude practice because I was so entirely sick of feeling depressed. I knew it was important to remind myself, every day, of everything in my life worthy of my gratitude. I involved all of you because, well because I needed someone to hold me accountable.
I confess, I am a woman of great intentions, but very little willpower.
Now you know.
Here’s an example of a conversation I might have with myself (hypothetically, of course):
“I am going to cut out sweets for a month, starting NOW.
(Five minutes later…) I really should finish all of the sweets in the house first.
Waste not, want not!
Besides, it is always best to start something like that on the first of the month…and that was, like…two days ago…sooo, I’ve clearly missed my window.
Next month, then.
Yes, I’m totally going off sweets next month.”
So, will I actually make it 365 days? I have no idea. I know many of you have threatened (Ahem, I mean promised) to hold me to it. The thing is, I am relatively sure that I could sit down and make a list of 365 people, places and things that make me feel grateful. I could plan it out. To me, though, the whole point is to see what comes to me every day. To be present. I want to stay in a place of feeling, and not just listing. So, most days I literally have no idea what I am going to write about…until I do. This makes me feel a bit nervous, but also…
An interesting thing has begun to happen. I have started to wake up curious, and even hopeful, about what will inspire me to write each day.
Do you know what the opposite of depression is?
Some might say it is happiness, but I disagree.
I think it is HOPE.
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