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Gratitude from A to Z November 26, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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Stef shared a terrific idea for constructing a Gratitude List on her delightful uplifting blog . . . Smile, Kiddo.  

Stef’s technique offers a perfect way to return our focus to the NOW after being a “million miles away.”

Instead of sleepwalking through life, lost in thought about This, That, and The Other Thing, keep focused on what is offered Here and Now.

As you move through your day(s), find specific things to be thankful for . . . on a moment by moment basis.

Instead of creating a generic list of blessings (family, friends, health, etc.), be specific.

Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to notice everyday miracles ~ the laughter of children, the smile of a friend.

When we remain alert to THIS moment (from Awakening to ZZZZ’s) we see all the goodness, wonder, and beauty around us.  For example, my A to Z Attitude of Gratitude List for today would begin:

A ~ Awakening to the promise of a new day
B ~ Breathing in fresh air, breathing out the toxicity of Black Friday
C ~ Coffee (‘nuf said)
D ~ stepping onto the Deck to greet the sun
E ~ Energy and Enthusiasm to move ME from point A to point B
F ~ watching birds Fly high through the sky . . . never asking why
G ~ Going to the beach to listen to a Steel Drum Band
H ~ Little Blue Heron eating breakfast al fresco outside my window


Keep adding to the list as you move through your day.

Take note of the marvelous threads that add rich vibrant color to the tapestry of life.

We can only live happily ever after on a moment by moment basis.

If you reach the end of the list before you reach the end of your day, start over.  If not . . .

Z ~ climbing into bed to enjoy some re-energizing ZZZZ’s

When we take the time to focus on all the good in life . . . we crowd out less productive thoughts that drag us away from THIS moment.

Be Here Now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Granny’s Saturday Smile (Granny1947) * The Milestone Mirage (Kate Shrewsday) * Garden Party Hat (Flying G’ma) * Happiness Project (Love Out Loud) * Thank You (Uphill Writing) * 22 Things I Appreciate (Joss) * Shout It Out (Creating Reciprocity)