Authored by Melissa Haddad on November 1 2020
Did you know that November is gratitude month? I didn’t, well, until my Virtual Assistant told me. I know many entrepreneurs who have a gratitude journal and write in it every single day. I know others who have some sort of gratitude practice to start or end their days in the same way every day. I have started and continued for a bit, and then miss a day here or there and feel “bad” because I didn’t follow through, which really defeats the purpose of the whole intention.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of gratitude is the state of being grateful. Is that all? Since that’s what gratitude means, I do it every single day, so why would I need a journal or some sort of practice? Hmmm, well, perhaps it’s to refer back to on those days that everything goes to “hell in a handbasket” and nothing I do will fix it….BUT, if nothing I do will fix it, then referring back to something is not going to help…or will it? Other sources suggest that gratitude is a warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world, or towards particular individuals, and that its purpose is to help people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Enough with the flip flopping, here are 3 ways I acknowledge gratitude.
- Stop and smell the roses. When we are in the thick of our issues, it’s challenging to see all the great things around us and remember all that we have accomplished and will accomplish when the issue blows over. If we stop and take notice of our surroundings, whether that’s the people around us or the space we are in or the things that we have, we will finally see that we have more to be thankful for than we have issues.
- This too shall pass. This has been my mantra for a long time. It is simply a reminder to me that the “bad” things seem to go on forever, but they don’t really, and like all things will end. If you can think of this during your crisis, you can shift your focus to the great things that are in front of you or are on their way, which will make the time pass much quicker.
- Document it. Okay, I know I said I don’t tend to write in a gratitude journal, but I document my gratitude in other ways. I capture the happy moments on my camera or post something to Facebook. You see, Facebook has Memories which reminds you of those moments from years ago, when those pop-up, it allows me to smile and reminisce, the same feeling I get when I thumb through my camera on my phone or look through old photo albums. You are reminded of the moments, good or bad, and are able to take stock of where you are now, and just how far you’ve come.
I am grateful for all that God and the Universe have bestowed upon me. I have a thriving business with rock star clients. I have a loving family that keep me laughing and crying…sometimes at the same time. I have a house that I’m actually in the middle of updating…what else do you do during a pandemic? I have my health and so do all my loved ones. I have family and friends that are safe and sound. I have so much more, but listing everything would make this blog way to long. What more can a woman ask for?
However you choose to express it, just make sure you acknowledge your gratitude in some way. There is a lot of negativity in this world at this moment, so make sure you recognize that you have the power to be thankful for everything that you have.