I first ran across the term attitude of gratitude in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous.
At the time, I wasn’t a very grateful person.
I focused on the things I didn’t have rather than being thankful for what I did have.
It was during my process of giving up booze that I started spending time each day finding things to be grateful for. Big things, little things, whatever.
I started looking for the positives. And I did start finding them.
Then I’m finding more positives.
Eventually I found myself in this new feedback loop focused on being thankful for the people in my life, for the opportunities I’d had, for my body, for this life I’d been given.
By 2011, a year after starting that practice, I had a life I was immeasurably grateful to be living.
Did the practice of gratitude create that life? Or did I already have the life and simply started recognizing what was already there?
Both, I think.
A wise person once said that being happy isn’t at all about getting what you want, it’s about wanting what you’ve got.
It’s Thanksgiving Day in the USA today. I’m going to try, each hour, naming three different things I’m thankful for.
The attitude of gratitude is a practice always in progress. The more I do it, the better off I tend to be.
Thanks for reading!