after my father died, i sought out ways to bring some happiness into my life. one of the ways that i did this was to remind myself of all the things i was grateful for, big and small. overall, i found this to be incredibly helpful. it’s really amazing, the power of the mind, to shift gears and focus on things that one could easily miss if it focuses on the negative. and getting lost in all the crap going on, it’s so easy to do, isn’t it? and yet, i realized, if i can pull out of that place, and try and concentrate on the good, my perspective on everything changes.
this “secret to happiness” is certainly something i want to teach my daughter. and i try. she has had a gratitude journal for a long time now, and we regularly document in her journal all the things she is grateful for. lately, i have been feeling like i’m the one who needs to practice this in a strong way. and tonight, i mentally went through my list of gratitude. and since i often envision my world through the lens of a camera, i thought i’d share my list here, in images. . .
“gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. it turns what we have into enough, and more. it turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. . . it turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ melody beattie