G is for Gratitude #AtoZChallenge
I’m doing the A to Z Challenge in April using the theme “What to Pack on Your Creative Journey.” Today, we’ll pack some Gratitude in our metaphorical suitcase.
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
Gratitude has the super-power to flip negativity into positivity. Pack some gratitude for when you need to:
- Turn a bad mood into a better one
- Move from a scarcity mindset to an appreciation of abundance
- Stop taking things for granted and start being aware and present
The way your mind works. As Martha Graham said, “There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.” (quoted in The Life and Work of Martha Graham by Agnes de Mille, 1991). When you practice gratitude for what happens in your own mind, you train yourself to recognize authenticity.
Your friends. As the Beatles said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Say “thank you” or, even, write a note.
The things you see and experience. When we travel, we’re attuned to appreciate the sites and moments. A creative journey has these things, too. Appreciate the moments of flow, the happy accidents that make something better than planned, and the way that disparate pieces fall into place to make a satisfying whole. These things are what make a creative journey worth your while.
What’s helping your creative work today and how can you express gratitude for that?
“Gratitude has the super-power to flip negativity into positivity.” It’s so easy during this pandemic to feel down, to feel negative, to feel scared and out of sorts. Today, I’m feeling concernned because our friend Donna is having a procedure — RIGHT NOW — to replace the leads in her heart pacemaker. I’m waiting to hear from her when her sister brings her home. I’m grateful for her friendship and for YOUR friendship. Thanks for being my friend.
Gratitude creates good vibes. Nice post
Gratitude is a sensible thing to pack on every journey. Thanks for the reminder. All the best for the A-Z.