Gratitude Changes You
My alarm clock went off at its usual time this morning. I did NOT want to get up. After hitting the snooze button for the third time, (ok, more likely the fifth or the eighth or more), I eventually succumbed to the day. Thankfully, I had enough sense to ignore the impulse to beat the alarm clock into tiny pieces with the heaviest object in the immediate perimeter. I started my day tired and cranky. (Lack of sleep is catching up with me so much more swiftly than it did in my younger days.)
As usual, I thought about what I needed to do before leaving for work. Drafting a blog post is usually on the list, along with all the other daily tasks to get myself and daughter ready to face the world. Today, though, I consciously changed it up. I decided to delay my blog post to practice some gratitude and make CONNECTIONS. (For those of you following my posts, you know why making connections with others is on my radar.)
Why practice gratitude? Well, there are many benefits of gratitude, five of which are scientifically proven says this Newsweek article. Practicing gratitude lifts my spirits. It's my go-to when I'm not feeling myself. It gets me out of my funk.
So what did I do to practice gratitude? I sent note cards to a handful of people. Most of the notes gave thanks for a homemade or procured gift we received recently. There were also a couple others in there for varying reasons.
This small deed was completed in a matter of minutes and will hopefully warm the heart of each recipient. I mean, who doesn't like getting a handwritten note to thank them for their thoughtfulness or to acknowledge something important in their life?
For me, this goes back to connection. Yes, it's extra effort, but it's important to me to take time to establish a connection with them to let them know they are thought of and appreciated. I typically reach out to friends and family via the various mediums we share - Facebook, text message, etc - to say hello or give thanks. But, I wanted to make a greater investment in these instances with handwritten notes, in hopes of making them FEEL how special they and their action was to me and/or my family.
In honoring my sleep-deprived body, and need for balance, I sign off for today.
Be open to what comes.