Sooooo … today is the last day of 30 Days of Gratitude. And I couldn’t be happier. This has been a great challenge to get me to focus on the positive and find the good in every day … but it’s also been a lot harder than I expected! Actually, the hard part hasn’t been finding gratitude, but making myself post every day without fail (except Thanksgiving Day – I promise I was grateful offline). It pushed me to write more often, but the quality suffered. Hopefully I’ll post more often than I did before, but I’m happy to go back to writing longer posts every few days. Whew!
My Mom gave me a cute little gratitude journal a while back, which lays on my bedside table – blank. I have really enjoyed taking time to reflect on my day and think about the good things – big and small – that I might not have noticed otherwise. I look forward to continuing this journey in my book.
Day 30: Today, I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful for yesterday, today, and (hopefully) tomorrow. I am grateful for the sorrow, loneliness, and disappointment I have felt because it means I have experienced equally profound joy, love, empathy, and hope. I am grateful for the mundane because it gives us a sense of exuberance when the amazing happens. I am grateful for the beauty that surrounds us and the condition of the human spirit that drives us to find that beauty. I am grateful for the complexity and imperfection of life because, without challenge, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to be grateful.