Cultivating Thankfulness with “Thankful-lists”

It’s Monday morning.

There’s snow falling gently outside, a pug fast asleep in my lap, and a Keurig on the counter begging me to make hot chocolate.

How easy would it be for me to miss this moment?

How easily could I be distracted from the gorgeous little things all around me?

EASY. EASILY.

But why?

Well, the answer is pretty simple. We’re human beings. We’re imperfect. We get caught up in our lives and our “to-do lists” and our many many distractions.

And it’s all too easy in today’s fast-paced society to get into the groove, turn on autopilot, and coast.

Lately, I’ve been trying to think of life as a compilation of moments.

A moment here: driving home from work and hearing a great song.

A moment there: briefly snuggling with Gromit before getting out of bed in the morning.

Because really – it’s TOO easy to miss these moments while coasting through life.

So, what can we do to stop ourselves from coasting? How can we remove the cruise control from our life and truly appreciate it moment by moment?

I’ve got the answer for you:

Thankful-lists.

It doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re doing, or who you’re with – all you need to do is list three things you’re thankful for right now.

Here’s mine at this very moment in time:

thankfullistHow easy would it be to take these things for granted right now?

EASY.

But as we know, easy isn’t always best.

Today, stop what you’re doing and make a thankful-list. Do it once an hour, or twice an hour, or every time you’re about to complain about something. Set a timer. Make one every time you see the color green. Make the list in your head, or on a sticky note, or in the dirt on someone’s windshield.

It doesn’t matter how, where, or why-

All that matters is thankfulness.

kelsieesther

3 thoughts on “Cultivating Thankfulness with “Thankful-lists”

    1. The best thing is, it hardly takes any time at all! But sometimes when I’m feeling really down, it’s nice to sit and make a physical list of things I’ve thankful for. It really is a great meditation. 🙂 I hope you have a lovely week!

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