“Countless reasons to be thankful.” You’ve probably heard or even said that phrase (or something like it) at least once in your lifetime. It is a true statement. But, we only notice how truly countless the reasons are when we stop to count them.
Saying the reasons are countless also lends us an excuse to not give thought and feeling and true gratitude to them…
Now if we flip that coin, and we say or hear “I have so many countless reasons to be upset.” We have no problem numbering the negative. “My car is out of gas. It’s a cloudy day. My boss is a jerk. I don’t look good today. I may be getting sick…” On and on we can count away the “bad” things. It is truly amazing how easy it is to notice when things are sub-par.
The truth is, it is just as easy to notice all that we should be grateful for. Its just that it takes more practice. Maybe it is because we were told or shown as children to “not get too excited.” Or to “not count your eggs before they hatch” (when in actuality, the eggs are blessings already). Or maybe we learned that noticing the positive can somehow by a synonym for bragging. (There is a difference between noticing how awesome life is and thinking your life is on a higher pedestal than another’s but that is a whole different blog topic 😉 We learned to stifle the positivity for one reason or another.
Starting today, count. Get a journal, write at least 3 things you are grateful for each morning. Before you go to bed write one thing you were grateful for that happened today. Even Alexander (who truly had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day) could think of something to be grateful for. Having trouble starting? How about the fact that you are breathing? How about the fact you have food? How about the fact you have a mind that is capable of thinking about these things? Once you start writing down the ‘easy’ ones, you will notice that there are more and more and more and more and more and (countless) reasons to be grateful.
We started a WordPress blog that goes over this very thing (you can check it out here, and if you want to contribute, or just read, please send a request and I would be more than happy to add you)!
So begin counting today, make your Math teachers proud, and in the process you may find a swelling of pride in your own soul. Feels good, keep it up, the reasons to be grateful are truly infinite!