Today I woke up kind of feeling like this…
The picture above is from the movie Tangled. Sometimes, I wake up missing my beautiful, long, blonde locks. Sometimes I look in the mirror with the same expression on my face (the one in the picture on the right, that is).
But then I remember how grateful I am to be able to grow beautiful, long, blonde hair. I grateful to be able to give it to a child who can’t, just so he or she can feel beautiful.
I donated my hair more than two weeks ago, but I finally mailed in my braided donation yesterday.
Just sending off my little bubble-wrap-padded-double-sealed envelope full of dead hair made me think about how much I have to be thankful for.
Life can be cruel. Life can kick you while you’re down. Life can downright suck some days. But I always have something to be thankful for.
I got the idea to start a gratitude journal around this time last year, but never really got around to it.
What is a gratitude journal?
A gratitude journal is a place to write down what you are thankful for every day.
An article titled, How to Keep a Gratitude Journal, on eHow.com says:
“By focusing on gratitude, we become aware of those things and thus create a shift in our thinking to the positive.”
Thinking positive is always a goal of mine.
There has been A LOT of changes in my life in the past month. Sometimes, it’s really easy to focus on the negative. Sometimes, I get the “mean reds.”
But the second I stop to think about everything I have to be thankful for in my life, I realize how lucky I am.
Oprah Winfrey promotes gratitude journals… in fact, I think that’s where I heard about them. Here’s a podcast called The Power of Gratitude featured on her website.
Most people have physical gratitude journals that they write in with a pen every day.
I’m not most people.
I figure keeping my gratitude journal online will:
- Save paper!
- Make it easier to look back on past entries
- Hold me accountable
- Urge me to blog more
- Inspire others!
While we were mostly crying and blubbering due to hormones rather than true emotions, these movies make me realize how lucky I am to be healthy and to have a family that is healthy.
Between donating my hair recently, reflecting on the changes that are happening (more like running me over with an 18-wheeler) in my life, and watching two of the most depressing movies I own… today seemed like the perfect day to start this project that I have pushed off for almost a year now.
And I always say:
“There’s no time better than the present.”
Plus: It’s the season of giving thanks and showing gratitude. What better time is there to start?
So here it is. My first online gratitude journal entry:
Today, I am grateful that my family and I are healthy.
- Gratitude Journals (thetygerlily.com)
- My Gratitude Journal Taught Me I Am A Food-Obsessed, Greedy Cheater Who Still Loves Life. ~ Jayleigh Lewis (elephantjournal.com)
- Why I Practice an Attitude of Gratitude, by Tammy Bolt Werthem (iwokeupyesterday.com)