Almost a month ago, I decided to try some advice from Pam Grout’s book, Thank and Grow Rich. She suggested sharing three things for which you’re grateful, publicly and daily. Every day on Twitter, I’ve been listing three things, usually inspired by the events of the day. And let me tell you, the days lately have been eventful.
A big change recently occurred in my work life that caught a lot of people off guard. Some were devastated. I was still practicing my gratitude. When I was asked, “How are you doing?” I answered, “I am a beam of light.”
I could be, because I was fueled by my practice of gratitude. I was constantly in touch with the good things in my life. I even went so far as saying to folks, “I am grateful for you.”
In a time of uncertainty, a little gratitude goes a long way.
A few people even remarked on my cheer. “You seem so happy,” a few folks said. They sounded incredulous. And I said, “I am a beam of light.”
Mind you, these are the people who witnessed the daily effects of my sugar withdrawal when I quit it eight months ago. They have seen me decidedly unhappy. No amount of gratitude was going to relieve the grumps I got from removing my favorite drug from my life. But months later, when a hard time hit, I didn’t need to turn to cupcakes for solace. I was weeks into a gratitude practice, and it was making magic in my life.
Grout says it’s about tuning into a frequency. I agree. When you’re operating from that wavelength, you can be a beam of light.
Living in a state of gratitude can make the ups and downs of life seem steadier. The ground doesn’t crack and the waves are smoother. Or, as I said to a friend recently, “I’m not shaken. I think my gratitude practice is shielding me from the gloom.”
I remember, though, a time in my life when even gratitude could not seem to help me through the storm of unemployment, bankruptcy, and a feeling of overall failure. I held tight to the things I held most dear (family, friendships, my dogs, my health, nature, etc.) and with time, the situation shifted. The things I was most thankful for in my life got me through the dark time, and even in good times, those are the things I’m still most thankful for.
I cannot forget that.
I cannot lose sight of the way being grateful has lit up something inside me.
Gratitude is a shield. It can protect your mood, your spirit, your sanity, if you ground yourself with it.
It will protect your light, if you continue to grow it.