“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus (an ancient Greek philosopher – if you didn’t know who he was. I didn’t)
This week, I get to keep quiet and you get to do the work!
After last week’s post where I spoke about gratitude, I decided to set a task for myself and once I had done it, I decided that you could do it too.
Be brave now…. Deep breath and….
I want you to write a list of 100 (yes, 100!) things that you are grateful for.
Before you think that it is going to be impossible, just start. Even if you only get to 10 today, keep on adding until you get to the magic 100.
You can do it!
The reason that we instinctively think that we can’t do it, is because our brains seem to be wired to notice what we don’t have rather than what we do. It is time to start changing that around.
When you start listing the things that you are grateful for, you start noticing all of the things that you have. Don’t forget to include the fact that you woke up this morning and that you can breathe!
Don’t forget to mention the people that help you out, the person who always smiles, the traffic lights that work. Don’t forget the delicious lunch that you ate, the invention of elevators when you are too tired to walk up the stairs. The warmth of the sun, your cuddly pet, a hug, a soulful tune, the smell of jasmine blossoms in the morning… OK, I’m not giving you all the answers!
You will be surprised once you start, how easy it is.
Keep going, keep challenging yourself – I believe in you.
Let me know how it goes.
I’ll leave you with a quote from my favourite philosopher – the one and only A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh,
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”