If there is one thing I’ve learned from my daily meditation (yup, my practice is still going strong!), it’s that there is always something to be grateful for. Perhaps it’s not so clear to see what you’re grateful for on a Monday morning. And maybe you aren’t feeling grateful at this particular moment. But take a step back. If you woke up with a roof over your head this morning and food in your fridge, think of all those who did not. If you woke up and felt well-rested and healthy, think of those who have lost their health and struggle to get through the day.
At the most basic level, we all have something to be grateful for. And gratitude will look different for each of us. Maybe we are grateful to have a job — even though it’s not our dream job. Or we are grateful that the sun is shining because it will allow us to go for a walk on our lunch break.
Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, what we should have, or what we could have, why don’t we look at what we do have? Through my meditation practice, I’ve become more aware of how much I have to be grateful for. Sure, my life isn’t perfect — and I have my health struggles. But I wake up every morning in a comfy bed, and I can start my day when and how I choose. Some days, I am grateful for those things alone. Other days, I feel grateful when I’ve been productive and crossed lots of “to-do’s” off my list. It’s easy to lose focus of what we have to be grateful for. But at the end of the day, remembering the little things in life is what it’s all about.
As we start a new week, I challenge you to find what you are grateful for. Let that gratitude inspire and guide you through the days ahead.