Okay, now that you’ve got your list made from part 1 (previous post), we’re going to start working on the next step. It’s easy – but it requires another list. 😉
How many of you saw the movie “America’s Sweethearts”? Do you remember John Cusacks’ character siting in the backseat of the limo, stressed out, and chanting “I’m grateful for the cool, cool breeze….” to calm himself down?
If so, that gives you an idea of what we are about to do next. 🙂
And by the way – if you haven’t yet seen the movie, I highly recommend it!!! It deals with someone (Cusack) whose life/heart had been destroyed by someone else (Catherine Zeta-Jones), causing him to have a nervous breakdown, and he has to learn how to think clearly/live again while “working” with that person (and with Billy Crystal and Julia Roberts too – FUNNY stuff!!).
But, I digress….. back to the subject at hand. 🙂
I want you to once again grab a sheet of paper, and find a quiet place to focus. Now, title this list: “Things I Am gratefully For”.
Next, I want you to list as many things as you can think of that you are the most grateful for. I’ll give you a short example list:
1) I’m grateful for my home, and a roof over my head.
2) I’m grateful for the fact I have a job – and for the income from it.
3) I’m grateful for the food I have to eat.
4) I’m grateful for the clothes I have to wear today…..etc., etc…
I want you to list as many things as you can think of right now – it can be 5 things, 10 things, 20 things or more. If you are GRATEFUL it is a part of your life right now – list it!!
Now, tape that list up on your bathroom mirror where you will have to look at it first thing every morning! Read it out loud BEFORE you start your day – EVERYDAY. Sure, you can read it throughout the day too, but starting out everyday by reading this list out loud is the MOST important thing!
It sets your mindset for the day, and it sets the tone for the start of your day. When you start out by looking at something GOOD, it’s then easier to deal with the rest of your day because you are focusing your mind on the things you appreciate – NOT on all of the junky bad things that are trying to get your minds attention the second that you open your eyes! It puts your mood, and focus, in a different place.
If your list is small today – don’t worry about it, use it! You can add things to the list as you think of them. The only “Rule” for the list is that you don’t turn it into a prideful “Brag” list. It’s not a “Look what I did” list – it’s a list of things you are grateful for that are in your life. It must be worded so that everything on the list was a GIFT. No “I’m grateful I did/accomplished/made someone …” lists, ONLY an “I’m grateful for (this opportunity, blessing, gift)…” list. This IS important!!
Now, go make your lists. 😉