Lest anyone thing I’m “perfect” (i.e., always calm, always content, always complacent), please let me assure you that I am not. This morning I woke up from a night of disturbing dreams, and I still had a bit of residual crankiness in my attitude left over from the events of yesterday. As I went about my morning routine (yoga, meditation), my demeanor seemed to get worse, not better. Not yet 5 am, and already I’m in a funk? Oh, so not good….
One powerful antidote I know to a foul mood is gratitude. When I’m feeling slightly punky, I make myself write five gratitudes – and by the time I’ve finished, I’m usually “back on track” attitude-wise. If my demeanor is moderately bad, I up the ante to 10 gratitudes. When things are to the level of “seriously-Stef-get-over-yourself-already”, I make myself write a complete gratitude alphabet.
This morning called for a full-on A-to-Z gratitude list. (And the challenge in all of these lists is that I can’t just write things I am generally grateful for; I have to experience each item of gratitude live before I can write it down.) As I went throughout my day today, I kept adding to the list. Now 7:30 in the evening, here is what I ended up with:
Brightness (sunlight outside)
Child (in the elevator at work)
Recordings (DVR and CD)
Zebra (seriously – I read an article over dinner about zebras!)
As I created this list, I thought of many more items that just these 26; and every time I thought of another thing in my life to be grateful for, a small piece of the existing poor mood got chipped away, and slipped away. I adore the power of this exercise.