I remember hearing about the importance of creating gratitude lists years ago, probably from Oprah. It seems that gratitude has found its way into many discussions these days – and that’s a good thing. I believe that being grateful is one of the very best ways to raise our vibration. Every night before bed I think about all the things I am grateful for.
When you practice gratitude in this way, you see how much abundance is in your life already.
Grateful for the Good
Much of the focus about gratitude lists is on being grateful for all the good things in your life. That’s wonderful, because many people focus on the negative and have a hard time remembering that they have many things to be grateful for. These types of gratitude lists may look something like this:
- I am grateful for the health of my family.
- I am grateful for my two children.
- I am grateful to share my life with a wonderful husband.
- I am grateful for my house, which shelters me.
- I am grateful for the abundance of food we enjoy, knowing we always have enough to eat.
- I am grateful for the nice weather we had today.
And so on.
I think making this kind of gratitude list is a great daily practice and can bring much happiness and peace.
Another Kind of Gratitude List
Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the parenting challenges I face, sure that no one else has these struggles and that I am just going to have to “suffer” with these challenges until the kids are older. Choosing to suffer every day is definitely not a good feeling.
I recently read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s most recent book “I Can See Clearly Now” in which he reflects upon many experiences in his life and how he is grateful for all of them – the good and the not-so-good. His stories opened me up even more to the idea of trying to see the purpose or lesson behind each difficult challenge. If we can discover the purpose or lesson we learned (or should have learned) from each event or experience that we may label “bad”, then we can find a way to be grateful for them. Gratitude for all that happens in our life is a sure way towards inner peace.
So I decided to come up with a list of 10 things to be grateful for regarding my tough parenting challenges. The first parenting challenge I chose was my daughter’s tantrums. Continue reading