The boyfriend is out-of-town so I have been typing on his laptop which is much nicer to type on then my tiny net book. I got nice and comfy and started typing away for a new blog post I intended to put up this week. Things were going good and I felt pretty good about what I had written so I saved it to the desktop and went to bed. To my surprise I couldn’t sleep. I laid there for 2 hours thinking about what I had just written and something wasn’t fully clicking for me, but I pushed it to the back of my mind and went to bed. The next day at work I was going about my day still feeling slightly off about what I had written, but decided I was going to post it anyway.
I got home that evening and opened the lap top and logged into my blog and then went to search for that little gem I had written in the documents setting, but it was not there. I thought to myself that’s weird so I kept looking and it was nowhere to be found. Feeling slightly annoyed I decided I’d re-write it, so I did. I wasn’t going to be duped by his faulty lap top again so I highlighted my work and right clicked to copy and paste it in my email. As I hit paste, it was gone. No lie it just disappeared. I looked at the blank body of my e-mail and laughed, I guess we’re not supposed to be writing about that right now. How’s that for a little divine intervention from the universe?!
I shut the computer and went to sleep. When I woke up this morning it hit me GRATITUDE! Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. I immediately got out my notebook and wrote my gratitude list. Keeping a gratitude journal is a fantastic way to keep your thoughts happy and your life on purpose. We are such a fast paced society going, going, going but if we stop and take 5 minutes each day to write down the things we are appreciative of it will change our life.
Even if you don’t have a spiritual practice expressing gratitude on a daily basis will drastically enhance your life’s experience. “It opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain. Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives. Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things.” - Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D.
I challenge you to get a notebook and commit to a “Gratitude Journal” write a list short or long for 30 days, and watch for a miraculous shift in perception unfold. I’ll share mine to start you off