Making a gratitude list, either mentally or written, is a beautiful spiritual action. Grateful people are content and compassionate. It's also a helpful tool to prevent resentments. Gratitude and resentments cannot coexist. Try this simple example: Go from thinking This rain sucks! to "I feel grateful for this nourishing, cleansing rain!" It's like walking into a dark room and flipping on a light switch.
And now for a twenty item gratitude list. Not in any order of importance. Just the order they popped into the spirit of the writer!
- the rain
- being clean and sober
- Higher Power
- ability to read and write
- my son
- a roof over my head
- clean water
- ability to walk
- earth, air, water and fire (even though rain was already said :))
- herbal teas
- struggles (they help me grow)
Feeling gratitude is only part of the equation. Gratitude is also an action. Actions can include: being of service, calling someone who might be struggling, random acts of kindness, not littering, taking care of yourself. Use your imaginative spirit, and you will think of many more!