For a lot of people, days seem to blend together. People can get caught up in daily tasks and sometimes, the magic of everyday life can be lost.
When stress runs high, it can be very easy to focus on what is missing rather than all we are blessed with.
Those who study the law of attraction would observe, when you focus on the lack (what is missing), you will not receive what it is you want (your blessings). Unfortunately, when you focus on what you don’t have, what you do have sometimes doesn’t seem to measure up.
A common theme within the Law of Attraction is, energy flows where focus grows.
My Story of Lack
Shortly after my son was born, our little family was handed a raw deal. My husband and I ran our own businesses (still do) and as fate would have it, we both suffered an immense loss of revenue the following year.
We were late on everything—our house, our car, credit card bills. Calls from bill collectors were coming in around the clock. We were literally counting pennies.
The both of us were scared. I wasn’t very pleasant to my husband; demanding he do more, make more money, fix all his problems and mine. I was sleep deprived to boot.
Finding happiness in our son only, I forgot to see happiness in other aspects of my life.
100 Days of Happiness
As the summer of 2016 approached, someone on Facebook nominated me in a challenge called “100 Days of Happiness”.
The rules were simple, post a picture each day for 100 days of something that makes you happy. I accepted not knowing how a simple little Facebook challenge was going to change my life.
As so it begins…
In the beginning, every picture was of my son.
But then, something magical started to happen.
I started snapping pictures of things that I never really thought brought me happiness. I began to view life through a different lens; a lens of gratitude.
The catalyst, the one picture that opened my eyes to it all was when my son and I were in our backyard and he felt grass for the first time.
Have you run your hands through grass lately and just paid attention to the feel of it on your skin? It’s quite a magical experience.
As I took the picture, I discovered how lucky I was to be there for that moment. To sit with him in our huge, fenced in backyard with our two dogs on a beautiful summer day. Feeling the luscious, green grass between my fingers and toes, watching his experience.
It Didn’t Stop There
If I was able to find grass magical, I thought to myself, where else could I find magic in my days?
I started taking pictures of material items that brought us joy, people who were a big part of our lives, summer meals with fresh summer produce, any moment I found to be precious.
Each day, I learned, that no matter how bad things were, with or without the mortgage getting paid, there were moments of joy in each day of my life.
There was beauty in the mundane. My life was beautiful and full of joy, I just had to see it.
My Daily Ritual
Though the 100 days were over, I continued this as a practice. Rather than taking pictures, I bought myself a journal.
I made it a habit to write down as much as I could think of that I was grateful for. Some days were more difficult than others, but I persisted.
I reminded myself how much better I felt when I just found one thing every day to feel grateful for. Being grateful for even more things brought even more joy into my life.
I Challenge YOU
Grab a journal you have laying around or purchase one. You can even download an app on your phone or use a notes app.
Use anything you can use to document the things you are grateful for. Every day, spend a few minutes to list them.
Some days are tougher than others to fill a page. When you are having a day such as this, don’t beat yourself up. If you can only come up with three things, that’s OK. But, make yourself find at least three things.
When you have your three things, or more, take one or two of them, and begin to write down the aspects and qualities you are grateful for.
If you are grateful for your home, write down all the things that make you grateful for your home. List as many as you can.
If you feel motivated enough, pick another thing on your list and do the same.
Try to do this with as many things on your list as you can.
The Power of Gratitude
Gratitude is energy; it’s a high vibrating energy. The universe communicates in energy. So, the more you are grateful for, that is how you tell the universe you want more of it.
Wayne Dyer, author and speaker, said “The Universe provides abundantly when you’re in a state of gratitude.”
As you get deep into the state of gratitude, you will begin to raise your vibrations and your mood will elevate.
You will begin to feel blessed for all which you have, even if you want more. You will find contentment for your life and you will be able to see the blessings you are granted.
When you are not grateful for what you already have, the Universe takes that as a direct order to not provide you with more. Just as you would no longer gift something to an ungrateful person, the Universe will do the same.
As you realize your blessings and the abundance that is there, it is there, I promise, the Universe will match these feelings and provide you with more of the same.
Spend a Moment
As each day approaches, view it as a chance to start anew. Spend as much time as you can finding your blessings and being grateful for them.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you find yourself struggling to come up with as much as you did the day before. I have days like that too.
The way I see it, those days, the days where I can fill up a page or two, those are gifts. It’s OK if they are seldom. There’s magic in the rareness of those days.
Don’t Give Up
If you miss a day, no biggie. Start back up again or say it out loud. The Universe will hear you.
When I have found it difficult to sit and write, I’ll shoot a text to a friend or my husband telling them something I am grateful about them. They love it and it warms their hearts.
You can even look at your child or your pet and do the same thing.
Simply say thank you to the cashier or server and think thoughts of gratitude for them.
The possibilities of being grateful are endless. Start your own individual practice. Come back and comment with what you do.