I first learned the power of gratitude over 15 years ago when I read, “Simple Abundance: A Day Book of Comfort and Joy”, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Sarah teaches that , “There are six threads to abundant living, which when woven together produces a tapestry of contentment that wraps us in inner peace, well-being, happiness, and a sense of security. First, there is gratitude. When we do a mental and spiritual inventory of all that we have, we realize that we are rich indeed.”
When I look back through my gratitude journal a theme appears – it’s the small things, the little moments that made the list day after day: my children’s laughter, my husband’s patience, bubble baths, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the sun on my face on a winter’s day.
I’ve resumed my daily gratitude practice, and now I remember why it is so powerful. The act of gratitude is a very “in the moment” practice and it fills my heart with joy. From somewhere deep inside there is an awareness that life is abundant – if only we stop long enough to take notice.
I encourage you to start a gratitude journal, if you haven’t already. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to reflect and count your blessings.
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”