Write It Down

Remembering moments of gratitude

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the Lost Art of Gratitude and how it’s become almost unheard of to send a simple Thank You letter to somebody. Does this mean that we are not thankful in our hearts and minds? I’m not so sure. I believe we are thankful for certain things in life when they arise. But for me, and I’m sure I am not alone, I find it all too easy to forget the many things I’ve been thankful for in my life. With the growing epidemic of the busyness of life, we will only continue to lose the many memories of what warmed our hearts with gratitude.

So what’s the answer? What’s the solution? I am not sure there is just one answer, but what has worked so well for me and many others I’ve talked with is journal your every moment of gratitude, even for the smallest things in life. By doing this, we are keeping a track record of everything we’ve been thankful for so that we can someday flip through the pages of these journals and bring back to light the things and moments we were thankful for. When you feel like you are at your lowest of lows and completely empty inside, you can always open your gratitude journal and read through the many things that make you a blessed person. Rather than focus on the negative emotions you’re feeling or facing at times, reading through lines of gratitude that you had written down months ago can act almost like a reset button to bring your thoughts back to what really matters in life.

I hope this holiday season you’ll find the time to find a simple journal and begin this journey of writing down every moment, every event, everything that you have been thankful for in your life and create a road map of your life that you can always come back to when searching for the things that have made you who you are today.