“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
When I started my own journey of transformation, one of the first exercises Robin Sharma challenged me to do was to write on my journal, every night, 10 things I felt grateful for.
At the time this felt so difficult! I thought my life was a disaster, everything around me was dark and scary, I was miserable and lonely.
But if there is one thing that I respond very well to it’s a challenge. It teases me, I have to take it on.
And so, each day, I forced myself to find at least one tiny thing that I was thankful for, and then another, and another until I had the 10 for the day.
Soon I realized that I was starting to value things I had never even noticed before. I was grateful for the beautiful view from my window, the shining sun, someone that passed me by on the street looking happy, a child’s laughter nearby, some silly thing my brother said at lunch that made me smile… I started to value having my parents still alive when so many of my friends don’t, a new flower or tasty strawberries growing in my garden.
Before I new it, the initial effort to find good things in my life was not so big anymore. Soon and effortlessly, whenever I saw something bad, a good one would pop up to my mind, lightening the effect.
And when I started to pay attention to the small little good things that occurred during my day, suddenly more and more started to appear (or maybe they were already there… and I wasn’t seeing).
Today I can say that my glass is almost all full, and I can hardly notice the empty space anymore. I feel so blessed!
Do you want to try to do this for a week and let me know how it feels?
Better yet, I challenge you to do it for 21 days (I heard that anything you do for 21 consecutive days becomes a habit) and dare to tell me your life hasn’t changed for the better!