Sometimes it can be so hard to wade through the mud in our minds and find a point of clarity where we can find a way to move forward. I understand this well, I have been there many times in my life.
I suggested to my friend the idea of a gratitude journal. He wanted to know what that was and how it worked so I told him that you simply keep a journal for the purpose and start by listing at least 3 things that you are grateful for today or even right now.
He liked this idea and found an old journal of his father’s that he wanted to use and straight away listed his daughter’s name three times. He was already starting to feel a little better.
Then I asked him what his plans were for the rest of the day. He thought about it and wrote some things down. We talked a little about the importance of setting intentions to alleviate the aimlessness we sometimes feel.
I suggested that he put his list somewhere he could see it easily throughout the day to serve as a reminder. He was now starting to look forward to the day a little more, replacing the dread he was feeling earlier.
Coming alongside someone, putting our focus on them and trying to help them navigate their journey for themselves can bring gifts for us too. Although this is not the aim, we can often be surprised by what we ourselves can take away from the interaction.
Although I set intentions in my mind of a morning and often think about what I have to be grateful for throughout the day I have no formal practice around these things.
So I decided that I would try to be more intentional about these practices myself from now on by keeping two new journals beside my bed - one for setting intentions in the morning and one for listing my gratitudes each night before
Later that night while doing a little web-surfing, I came across this statement by Chris Guillebeau -
I try to live a life of gratitude and purpose every day.
Well there you have it. Coincidence? Well, maybe, but I like to see it as synchronicity.
And am reminded that we are all moving forward together.