I don’t know how everyone else might feel about having to write down everyday, morning and night, into a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is similar to that of keeping a diary. However, in this particular journal, one is to list or talk about all of the things that one is grateful or thankful for each and every day.
I remember the days when I used to keep a diary. In fact, I still have one-subject notebooks teeming with random notes, quotes, ups and downs, that occur to me every so often. It’s hard to keep up these diaries. With a gratitude journal I find that it is also a little hard to keep up with. I try to find things to be grateful for on an everyday basis: the birds singing in the morning, the ability to see the sun rising, the ability to hear the mighty ocean waves roar and crash into the edge of the beach, learning photography (a daily challenge), learning new crafts (I just finished my first wood chip carving…yahhhh!), being filled with gratitude toward family and friends who have been there for me when I really thought no one would be, etc.
While there are soooo many things to be grateful for, it still is a challenge to remember to write them in a journal every morning and every night. Those of us who are accustomed to keeping journals in general usually keep a generalized journal and input everyday feelings, thoughts, and activities that can either happen during the day or during the week. Some of us lead extremely busy lives, whether it be working outside of the home or as a stay at home parent. Still some just reach out for the bedside journal when negative thoughts and feelings arise and we feel that we have no one to talk to, so we spill all of our innards into this journal. So then, how do I manage a gratitude journal?
According to www.oxforddictionaries.com, the definition for gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Therefore the focus of keeping a daily gratitude journal is to be more in tune with the positive aspects of life, of thought, of feelings, of people, of circumstances, of faith, and of everything in general. To be able to open up this journal daily and re-read previous entries should provide a feeling of accomplishment, of the fact that we, as human beings, living in this world filled with peril, can actually still see it as a beautiful place. That other human beings, not so well known in the media and social circles, are actually kind, gentle creatures. To see that one can also be as kind and appreciative in almost any situation, no matter how bleak it may be.
I guess that it is well worth my time and energy to write daily entries into my gratitude journal. No one else has to see it. No one else has to know about it. It’s between me, myself, and I. Managing it shouldn’t be difficult and being grateful shouldn’t be difficult either. Stopping for a moment to help another, to pay it forward, to say thank you, to wash a dish…those are the little moments of gratitude that can be immortalized on paper. Those stacks of notebooks can contain immense volumes of gratitude that no other individual can steal from me. A gratitude journal can serve as a constant reminder that, no matter where in the world I end up, there will be a whole host of individuals who have positively changed my life and a record of how I was able to pay it forward.
Of those things and more, I am grateful.