“Thank you. Thank Lord, for waking me up this morning and starting me on my way. Thank you for a sound mind and an able body. Thank you for clothes on my back and shelter over my head. For this is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Yes! Thank you!” If, like me, you grew up in a black church you heard an old lady with a large hat say this in some kind of variation more times than you can count on two hands. See, gratitude has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. So much so that it has become my way of life. It’s almost like I’m on autopilot. It’s a given that I am grateful and show gratitude for the obvious things but I realized what I missing was the “small stuff”. You know the simple things that you take for granted or can be easily overlooked. Recently, I went on a 7 day challenge to express gratitude for 7 things that I have never expressed gratitude for before.
My greatest take away after the 7 days can be summed up in this quote:
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
Looking for ways to boost your gratitude? Read my earlier blogpost, 5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Gratitude.