Today a whole slew of posts of gratitude with explode upon The Internets!
I love seeing those things this time of year! So much love fills the air. However, a list of what I’m thankful for is not what my Thanksgiving post will entail. For I have adopted a practice of focusing on graditude every day. I have filled an entire journal with it since I began this practice. I highly encourage you to do the same. Don’t think about those things for which you are grateful just today. Think about them every day. Trust me. It’s life-changing.
Because the opposite of gratitude is entitlement.
I’m not talking about the kind of entitlement we label our youth with today. I’m talking about the kind of entitlement we all experience… on a daily basis. We aren’t exactly ungrateful, but we feel entitled – inadvertently.
We feel entitled to have:
- Hot water for our showers
- Clean water for drinking
- Our families to be nice to us and say the right things
- A working stove for our Thanksgiving meal
- Two loving parents
- Friends who understand
- Enough money for food
- Transportation to get us to our destination
- Legs to walk
- Hands to eat or type
- Eyes to see
- The post office to deliver your mail
- The cashier to give you correct change
- An open gas station
- A warm winter jacket
- A heater in your home or vehicle
- A place to sleep
- Someone be, do or act a certain way that you deem appropriate
Yes, these may sound simple.
But not everyone has them.
And you may not even realize that you felt entitled to them. You may have even spent time judging or labeling people or circumstances who got in the way of these things. You are not entitled to any of them.
So instead, be thankful for any of those that you have. Turn of away from those that you don’t. Look around today and be thankful for Every. Single. Thing. you see.
Continue to do the same every day by writing down ten things you are grateful for and WHY. Then, instead of feeling entitled, your life will become truly magical.
Name one thing you may have felt entitled to, but are truly thankful.