I have a terrible memory. I can rattle off my 14-digit library card number without thinking, yet I hesitate at what my daughter’s first word was. I just don’t retain the important and precious things well. Yet it is important to remember. To remember where we’ve been and how far (hopefully) we’ve come.
Being thankful is tied with our satisfaction in life.
I have kept a journal for as long as I can remember to capture thoughts, prayers, quotes, and memories. My gratitude journal is different. I write down snippets of life that I am grateful for. It sounds simple yet it’s not always easy. Some days I can number off many things that make me give thanks. Other days, not so much. It’s those off days that I need it the most.
Making a regular practice of writing in a gratitude journal will benefit you in many ways.
We all have little snapshots of life that we forget, no matter how cute or important they were at the time. My youngest would say she was “drinky” instead of thirsty. I never thought I would forget that adorableness, yet it completely slipped my mind until I went back through my journal a year later.
Taking a few moments regularly to record your thankfulness will help you remember how much these gifts have sweetened your life.
When you see how much you have to be grateful for you will be more content with what you do have. As I look back over my journal, it’s the moments with my kids and hubby that I am most thankful for, not anything I own. If I find I’m thankful for more materialistic things then it’s time to step back and take a hard look at my attitude. If I’m having a hard time coming up with anything to be grateful for, it’s time to examine my heart. There is usually something wrong that needs to be dealt with.
A gratitude journal not only helps you to remember those small moments, but it also helps you to focus your life on things that matter, things that are eternal.
We head through life at the speed of sound anymore. A gratitude journal compels you to slow down, and slowing down is good for your soul.
Do you keep a gratitude journal? I would love to hear!