Last Year, while reading “Gravitate 2 Gratitude“, by Carolyn Flower, I started one of her prescribed exercises. This exercise was meant to help us recognize, in essence to become grateful for all we have. It focuses the mind on seeing reasons to be grateful by establishing a habit of gratitude. Like most habits it takes from 21 to 30 days to make a mindset shift, or habit replacement. I had originally intended to do it for 180 days, as per her workbook. I wrote them down on post-its for 72 days only, then I continued in the workbook and in my journal for months after. The habit sunk in and I am now giving thanks many times a day, especially when I feel some negativity come on… It’s not a perfect shift, yet. Thank goodness, I’m a work in progress.

In going through these a great sense of gratitude came over me. I have so much to be grateful for! I wish this feeling on all of you. Why not try this exercise? It takes only a few seconds a day and it is such a massive gift in return.

Note: What follows are the post-it gratitudes, in random order (because I didn’t note the dates I wrote on the post-its, darn!) I’m considering collecting the journal and workbook entries as well… in another article. Stay-tuned and see… 

The Gratitude Project

Today, I’m grateful for speaking my mind and for not judging myself.

Today, I’m grateful I slept in.

Today, I’m grateful for the sun as it warmed me and helped me work in my garden.

Today, I’m grateful for taking the call the help West0Island Community Shares.

Today, I’m grateful for making small decisions and getting scars.

Today, I’m grateful for the signposts that encourage me to take chances.

Today, I’m grateful for being confident about what I want and my ability to look for it.

Today, I’m grateful that I can go to bed with my goals done and more accomplished than expected.

Today, I’m grateful for being healthy.

Today, I.m grateful for the word “Maybe”, because it opens possibilities.

Today, I’m grateful for a healthy body and a good yoga practice.

Today, I’m grateful for quality time spent with Sabine and for Sawsan who gave me the opportunity to make it quality time.

Today, I’m grateful for the chance to share my ideas with others.

Today, I’m grateful for unexpected changes to a plan that allow for more is-ness.

Today, I’m grateful for the visit of the beautiful dove while I was on my treadmill.

Today, I’m grateful for the growth and increasing depth of my self-awareness.

Today, I’m grateful for wanting everyone to be happy.

Today, I’m grateful to take another step forward on my journey of success.

Today, I’m grateful for pushing past my fear and calling Revenue Quebec to get things back in order.

Today, I’m grateful for taking chances and accepting an interview.

Today, I’m grateful for my commitment to communication, self-awareness & self-improvement.

Today, I’m grateful for time well spent with my family.

Today, I’m grateful that my wonderful child is growing into a strong person.

Today, I’m grateful for loving my daughter’s laugh.

Today, I’m grateful for the time freedom we enjoy.

Today, I’m grateful for being more aware and being energized by being in the now.

Today, I’m grateful that Sawsan got home safely.

Today, I’m grateful for God’s guidance and answered prayers.

Today, I’m grateful that Sawsan listens and considers my words.

Today, I’m grateful for being able to support a friend.

Today, I’m grateful for the challenge to my routine and how I will grow from it.

Today, I’m grateful for the time to accomplish my goals.

Today, I’m grateful to have friends to spend Easter dinner with.

Today, I’m grateful for feeling energized and scared of a new decision.

Today, I’m grateful for different muscles being sore after doing good work in the garden.

Today, I’m grateful for feeling better.

Today, I’m grateful for laughter.

Today, I’m grateful for the love I have experienced from friends in my life.

Today, I’m grateful for a baby’s smile. I held Jenna today!

Today, I’m grateful for my journal and how it’s getting easier to write in it.

Today, I’m grateful for Sabine’s optimism.

Today, I’m grateful for Spring being in the air.

Today, I’m grateful for sticking up for myself.

Today, I’m grateful for taking time to enjoy myself.

Today, I’m grateful for the courage to listen and learn humbly & respectfully.

Today, I’m grateful that Sabine has people who love & care about her.

Today, I’m grateful to have time to enjoy time.

Today, I’m grateful for all the reusable materials in my gardens.

Today, I’m grateful for a positive attitude and clean vents in my house.

Today, I’m grateful for getting pending items off my list and following or sticking to my organization style.

Today, I’m grateful for being able to laugh at myself.

Today, I’m grateful to be able to share myself with others and that I am valuable.

Today, I’m grateful for moving forward and having the courage to increase my challenges.

Today, I’m grateful for all the learning I am in with my books.

Today, I’m grateful that it’s Friday.

Today, I’m grateful for Sabine coming home with smiles and enthusiasm.

Today, I’m grateful for Jazz music.

Today, I’m grateful for having a greater understanding of NOW.

Today, I’m grateful for getting goals done early and having time to do more.

Today, I’m grateful that I find myself opportunities to give.

Today, I’m grateful to have had a good night sleep and a great start to my day.

Today, I’m grateful for Sawsan getting her raise and for Brook fighting to get it for her.

Today, I’m grateful for not teaching Sabine my fear & insecurity.

Today, I’m grateful for being me.

Today, I’m grateful to have my car.

Today, I’m grateful for having a good desk and remembering to use it.

Today, I’m grateful for Tim Horton being so close & there to give me a meal.

Today, I’m grateful for candles and the gas fireplace during a power outage.

Today, I’m grateful for detachment, self-confidence, & trust in my abilities.

Today, I’m grateful that Sawsan didn’t get hurt in the car accident.

Today, I’m grateful for being a complainer and realizing I can change that, and how.

Wow! Thank God for all my Todays!!! I really am a work in progress. I’m happy and grateful now that I accept my limitations as learning opportunities, by diverse curiosities as adaptability, and myself as a work in progress. I am so grateful I made the choice to embrace a Growth Mindset. Day by day, I’m getting closer and I am excited by what will be available to learn on the other side. The path goes ever on. 

Isn’t Life Tremendous?

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