“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” — Maryanne Williamson
Have you ever known someone who seems to always be complaining about someone or something in life? Have you ever found yourself doing the same thing?
The truth is, that we we tend to get really good and what we practice. If we’re practicing tennis, we become a better tennis player. If we practice painting, we become a better painter. And if we practice focusing on what’s making us unhappy, we become better at being unhappy.
So it stands to reason that if we want to be really happy, to have peace and serenity, and to really love our lives, we should practice being grateful for all that we have. Luckily, this is something that’s very easy to do.
Me and many of my life-loving friends practice being grateful each day by writing gratitude lists to each other. The simple practice of writing out a text with the good things going on in our life, and sending it out to others who share their lists with us, shifts our perception from one of lack, to one of abundance.
And for those of you who want to start this practice but don’t have someone to share your list with, share it with me and I’ll send you mine! By sharing my gratitude with others, I manifest more things to be grateful for, which is one if the principle reasons why… ILML!
I’m grateful for daily bread God seems to always provide
Grateful for Patrick’s gratitude list. For being consistent in doing my program rituals. For being a life lover. For having 36 years of continuous sobriety. For a super loving sponsor. Fur my amazing sponsee posse. For being a double winner, in AA and Al-Anon. For the abundance God has given me, starting with the gift of life. For loving who I am, a great achievement for someone who didn’t like himself!
So true. If we look back, in retrospect, we can always see that we’ve had exactly what we need to live and grow spiritually!