It's easy to be grateful for good health, for the food on our table, for shelter, and for the loved ones in our lives.
There is nothing wrong with feeling gratitude for these things. I wholeheartedly endorse not taking them for granted. But still, they're obvious. And sometime obvious is a crutch. Obvious allows us to get away with not thinking too hard or too critically.
So this year I am challenging myself to go deeper with my gratitude, and I invite you to join me.
What are you grateful for that is not so obvious?
Perhaps you feel gratitude toward a challenging colleague or boss because they have forced you to level up your communication and empathy.
Can you find gratitude where it may, at first, seem not to exist? I think you can.
Perhaps you are grateful for the recent death of a loved one, not because they died, but because you got to be with them at the end, or because it has compelled you to spend more intentional time with your own family.
Deep gratitude is a practice; a way of looking at the world and oneself.
So today, I am going to challenge myself to feel deep gratitude for something hard, or sad, or upsetting in my life or in the world.
Will you join me?
P.S. I am super grateful to all of you for reading and sharing and responding to these posts. I like to write anyway, but having awesome readers makes it feel a lot more rewarding.
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