Friday, September 25, 2009

Living a Life of Gratitude

I've decided to start a little project. Learning to practice gratitude has become an important goal for my life and I want to nourish the development of that practice. I have had a hard time in the past doing things like journaling about gratitude regularly, though. So when I recently came across The Gratitude Challenge, sponsored by Tiny Prints, I felt it was a prompt from the Universe to help me practice gratitude more consistently.

As you see, I downloaded the pledge and signed it and I'm ready to give consistent, purposeful gratitude a chance. I believe that cultivating an attitude of gratitude in my life is important for my own well-being, as well as the well-being of those I encounter. I trust that expressing gratitude in all situations, for all things--good and bad, easy and difficult, desired and unexpected--will help me grow and develop, allowing me to live my best, most purposeful life. It may sound hokey, but I honestly feel that gratitude can change the world.

For the next 21 days, I will consciously choose to recognize the things in my life for which I can be grateful--especially when it seems difficult to locate those tiny glimmers of gold hiding among the pebbles. Today, I am grateful for this challenge to change my perspective and make a shift toward a life filled with gratitude.

How do you practice gratitude? If you're not already practicing gratitude in your daily life, are you willing to join me in this journey? I'll be sharing my gratitude experience with you. If you decide to take the challenge, too, I hope you'll come back and let me know how it's going. And if you blog about your gratitude journey, feel free to leave me a link to your blog or posts so that we can all visit and cheer each other on.

4 comments:

Erin M. said...

I need to do this, too. What a great idea, Ami! Thank you for sharing this.I am often guilty of looking at the glass as half empty and taking things for granted. Surely this would be a great way to turn that around.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Good for you! A few of us did a Year of Gratitude (YOG) blog for all of last year. Amazing how much better things seem when you're concentrating on being grateful. Feel free to go poke around for ideas and inspiration among the 365posts. ;) http://barbaraquinnyearofgratitude.blogspot.com/

Ami said...

Erin - I'd love to follow along with you if you do join in. I think it helps to see other people expressing gratitude, too. :) I highly recommend YOG (above) along with Angie.

Angie - Your Year of Gratitude blog is actually what inspired me to begin seeking out gratitude in my own life. Thanks for reminding me of it, though!

Reluctant Housewife said...

I have so much to be grateful for right now!

I'm happy.

And enormously grateful for that.

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