Updated: Oct 29, 2020
What would life be like for you if you lost everything right now?
The food in your fridge. The clothes on your back. The shoes on your feet. The roof over your head. The money in your bank account. Your job. Your health.
Ponder the thought for no more than a few seconds.
Life would probably change a great deal for you, wouldn’t it? I know. I’ve been homeless. I’ve had to start from zero more than once.
It’s so easy to think on the what-ifs in life. You torture yourself with them every day. What if this happens, what if that happens. You worry about things that have not happened and probably won’t happen.
Not only is it pointless, but it digs a greater hole for you to sink yourself into. Thinking that way is self-sabotage.
It’s time to make a shift in what you think about.
Look around you. What are you thankful for?
The roof over your head, the clothes on your back, your children, your spouse, your beautiful hair, your mind, the butterfly in your garden, the bird on your window seal, the beach, clean water to drink, food in the fridge, your taste-buds, variety, the ability to choose, friends who care for you, parents who love you, positive professional relationships, your creativity, your ability to visualize, your hands, your clear skin, the sun, the moon, the stars, freedom.
There is transformative power in building a grateful attitude; how you feel and express thankfulness.
Gratitude is critical in improving your well-being. It impacts your overall experience of happiness, positivity, and optimism.
I’m going to leave you with an exercise. Grab a sheet of clean paper. A sheet that has not been written on before.
Do not use a keyboard for this exercise. Use your hands. If you are unable to use your hands, have someone else write as you speak aloud.
Make a list of E V E R Y T H I N G, no matter how small, that you are thankful for. Whatever you can think of, write it down. Keep writing until you can’t think of another thing.
As you write down each line of gratitude, repeat it to yourself, feel the weight of it on your heart, think about why you’re thankful for it, and say “thank you”.
I am thankful for my eyesight [Thought: There are people living in the dark. I can see everything. I can see in color. I can enjoy reading. I get to explore beauty, see the faces of the people I love, see myself in the mirror]. Thank you.
I am thankful for my strong body [Thought: My body gets me through each day without fail. I’m so appreciative of that.] Thank you.
I am thankful for the sun [Thought: It gives me energy and makes me so happy. It feels so good to feel the sun on my face.]. Thank you.
Read through your list often – thinking, feeling each line of gratitude. Every now and then, write a new list.
There are always new things you think of after you complete this exercise the first time.
I'd love to hear from you. Drop three things you're grateful for down in the comments below. Let's get the transformative energy of gratitude energy flowing!
Until next time,
About the Author
Wanauma Graham is a creative and lifestyle entrepreneur, author of "Totally Unstoppable", and creator of BossFreeMedia.com. She's dedicated to helping women work through fear and do something they’ve been inspired to do.