Gratitude arises from paying attention.
How often do we go through our day in auto-pilot?
I’m going to guess, and suggest that all of us are quite susceptible to not noticing the little things in life that could give us pleasure. What do I mean?
- a child’s squeal of joy
- the deep, comforting aroma and warmth of the coffee in your hands
- the feel of the soft sweater we’re pulling on to ward off the chill
- the tweet of a bird or rustling of leaves
- the refreshing taste of a pick-me-up cup of peppermint tea or an iced glass of Coke
- the cool sweetness of frozen yogurt
- the glorious sight of a sunrise or sunset
- the smile from our parents – whether on a photo or in person
- an enveloping hug from a friend
- words of encouragement from a co-worker
- the chorus of a favorite song
- the fragrance of a coveted hand cream
- pulling the covers up to your chin and snuggling down into the bed at night
- the stars, twinkling up above
- the varying color of leaves as they emerge in spring or fall in autumn or shelter in summer
- the feel of your favorite spot – in a chair or on your couch
- the opening strains of a favorite television show (I still get excited when I hear the theme song from Star Trek.)
- your beloved’s voice on a phone message
- walking out into the sunshine
- the smell of rain after days and days of heat
- the crunch of freshly popped popcorn
- pretty shoes
- a good hair day
- the opening credits of a movie you’ve longed to see (especially in the theatre)
- someone who smiles at you
I could go on and on and on…
What are the small items you’re likely to ignore or take for granted?
Today – pay attention.
And then give thanks for all those little items after you’ve noticed them. They’re all a part of a wonderful life!
PS – if you feel someone could use a bit of encouragement today, tell them all the little things they do that you’re thankful for! Then share this post to pass on the positivity!