Being grateful changed my life.
It's all about perspective. The red light can aggravate me and make me annoyed...or it can be a signal to slow down, enjoy the song on the radio, or have time to say a prayer. Being in a state of gratitude is what I work towards...yet, there are so many moments when I fall short.
Sharing gratitude helps.
Having a practice of gratitude helps me. I share my gratitude with friends and family each morning. The accountability helps me continue this practice, especially on days when I want to quit. It's changed me. I look for the small things for which to be grateful and I notice the big things more easily!
Gratitude is contagious.
Recently, I shared a gratitude challenge from a blogging friend, Terje, with my students. Capture a list of 100 things to be grateful for. Today a student shared her list of THREE HUNDRED things to be grateful for.
One of my favorite things to do when I struggle to see the gratitude is to listen to music. Music can immediately remind me of what's important. Currently, I have fourteen songs on my iPhone with a version of thanks in the title. My current favorite is this:
Thank you for reading this!