Staying grateful is life changing. When we scan the environment for things to be thankful for, we lose focus on things that maybe aren’t so great. This year has certainly brought us its share of Not-So-Great Things.
Personally, I was forced in 1999 to focus very hard on things to be thankful for such as simply being alive and able to function. I nearly died from a crippling stroke while I was six months pregnant. It was objectively a horrible experience, but somehow I was able to appreciate the facts that I survived and my baby was born healthy.
With every milestone such as learning how to walk again I was reminded to be grateful. In the 21 years since, life has thrown me additional challenges such as watching my 28 year marriage crumble and die.
Still, I take inventory of all I am grateful for every day. I write down three things to be grateful for every night in my gratitude journal. I highly recommend doing this because it forces us to keep things in perspective. You must carefully scan your environment for the good stuff. For example, one thing I wrote down last night was I’m grateful for the fact I don’t have my ex husband here playing the flute constantly.
I’m grateful for all the writers and readers here on Medium. Thank you for being here. Happy Thanksgiving 2020!