Choosing to live a life of thanks-living doesn’t have to be complicated and overwhelming. The idea is for gratitude to become so ingrained as an attitude that it is second nature in how you approach every action and each moment of your life. The best way to accomplish this is to take a deliberate series of small steps, to repeat these small steps until they become habit, and to add more small steps so that your life becomes layered in thankfulness.
A good first step is to take a few minutes one day each week to write, e-mail, text, or call someone who has made a difference in your life. Tell them thank you. Be specific about noting one or more attributes and/or actions you observe in them that have had an impact on your own life. I like to say a prayer for that person, too, giving thanks to the Creator for them and asking that God bless and keep them as they continue to bless the lives of others.
Small snowflakes of thanks like these add up quickly. Soon you will find yourself seeing more and more in others for which you are thankful. As you open your heart and mind in this way, you too will be blessed. Start small, be faithful in your small actions, and watch the joys, blessings, and gratitude grow. Thankfulness and a generous heart grow exponentially. You will never run out of reasons to be grateful if you mindfully attend to one small thing at a time.
Blessings on your thanks-living journey. As for me, I am thankful that you take your time to join me and share in this adventure.
(Photo by Iain Farrell used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)