Gratitude Practice (journal)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities

Let’s get one thing straight. Life includes both ups and downs. It has light that dazzles you. But also horrifying darkness.

I’m very sensitive to the darkness I see in humanity. The illogical and maniacal creation of so much suffering. Humanity is very sick. I cannot open my eyes without being aware of it. I mean all of us.

We are all cast into this. Who were we before the world got ahold of us?

What To Do?

Now, today I was thinking of how terrific my life is. I think this is important. We should all do it. Have gratitude. Concentrate on the amazing stuff around you right now. I for instance am typing away on my laptop. It is connected to the world through the internet. I can use it to learn and share things. Amazing!

Here’s some more:

I love to create and I’m able to do that in several different forms that I enjoy. Making videos. Writing. Capturing images of the world around me. Creating stories. Painting. Working on functional projects: like building a house or a truck camper. Growing plants.

I’m FREE to spend my time on these things. I also spend time maintaining good health. I go to the gym. I ride my bicycle. I go for walks. I spend time outdoors. I meditate.

My sleep is good. I wake up without an alarm clock. The food I eat is delicious. I can swim every day.

My relationship with Dave is good and sound. We’re friends. We share common core values and ideas. Together is a fun time.

I could go on….but that’s enough for now.

BOTTOM LINE: Actively seeking to think of and feel gratitude for simple and often overlooked things is a valuable skill to develop. It is going to become increasingly more important in these times humanity is going through.