For those of you who know me or have been following my blogs, you will probably know of my love of Brene Brown. Every time I read something of hers, or listen to a podcast or see her interviewed, it is like she is speaking directly to me. It’s like the universe has sent her to me to make sense of the craziness that occurs in my mind, every single day. She makes me feel like I am ok and perfect in my imperfection.
Acknowledging one of my heroes is not what I wanted to write about, but one of the things discussed in a recent interview with one of my other heroes is. (You can check out the full interview below).
‘There is no joy without gratitude’.
Simple right but not easy. Gratitude is not a state of being or something that just happens, it takes work. It is an action one can choose to do, or not. I was thinking about this last night after I watched this and realised that while I am truly am grateful for my life and the things in it, I don’t actively acknowledge them. It’s not enough that the gratitude is just there, floating around in the background. It needs to be centre stage if I am to experience this ‘joy’ that everyone talks about that seems to be evading me right now.
So last night I went to the trusty App store on my iPhone and downloaded a Gratitude Journal app complete with an alarm that will go off each evening to remind me to write down 3 things that I am grateful for. And write I did – 3 simple things that I was grateful for. It only took a few minutes but what showed up already today was magical – my day was a whole lot brighter than the day before (which was incredible in itself because it’s been raining and bloody freezing all day). I felt lighter, I had more desire to cross off things on my to-do list. I actually wanted to call some friends who I haven’t spoken to for a while and had wonderful conversations with them by the way. I felt peaceful and wait for it… even a bit joyful.
If gratitude is the path to joy then I’m all in. Will keep you posted on what shows up over the coming days, weeks, months…