The practice of gratitude is really taking off these days and I am thrilled about that.
There are few practices that generate such a shift in mindset and personal results.
Yet through this all we still take way too much for granted.
You might be shocked to learn just how much.
So today I am going to share with you an easy practice to not only overcome this, but supercharge the rest of your gratitude practice and, by extension, your entire life.
When you hear the practice of gratitude preached, often it is in the context of “big asks”, like relationships or money, or in the context of some future event that you want to achieve in your life.
Think Law of Attraction.
We are taught to be grateful for those things we do not yet see (good practice). But if we do not have a solid footing in our minds of being grateful, sometimes this can feel a little fake to our conscious minds and we can struggle to believe it ourselves.
I firmly believe that is because we do not yet fully understand and practice the act of gratitude on the small things in our life. The things we take for granted.
And when you think about it, the list is miles long.
The Shockingly Easy Practice
Here is what I propose. It is easy, takes zero practice to become proficient, will not sap you of any energy, and can be done anytime.
Here is what you do:
Wherever you are right now, take a look around.
You are surrounded by things you never think twice about.
Think about it. The chair you are sitting in. The table you are sitting at. Your floor, your walls, your TV, your TV stand, your oven, your bed. The list goes on.
(This works if you are outside of the house too.)
Wherever you are, you are surrounded by things you use, that provide use and value to you, and you know they are valuable because you sure would notice it if any of them were missing.
It may sound silly to say to yourself “I am so grateful for this wall”, but if you live in an apartment, I bet you’re glad it’s there!
Think about just how many things we really do take for granted every day.
Now stop taking them for granted.
Without many of these things we take for granted, even the most basic functions of our lives wouldn’t be possible.
So maybe we should be grateful for them.
(Ever stop to be thankful for your toilet? Well, think about what your life would be like without one and you might be grateful for that most of all!)
So take a minute or two every day to scan the room. Be grateful for everything you see.
You may want a bigger TV, but aren’t you grateful for the one you have?
Maybe you want a fancier sofa, but the one you have really is helping you out.
That refrigerator that doesn’t have all the latest features and comes to life every now and then, but it keeps your food fresh so you don’t have to go to the store every day.
The fact that you have these things you see around you is reason enough to be grateful for them.
Then, once you are grateful for them, something really special happens.
Watch what happens to your mindset.
As soon as you say “I am so grateful for this plate/desk/computer, etc.”, your mind will immediately begin to see the value of these things and appreciate them, which will then ready you to appreciate the big things even more.
(Which are on their way.)
You may quickly find yourself less anxious about your future by being more appreciative of your present.
Then, you might find yourself aiming toward that better future you were trying to attract all along.
Your energy is raised, you are more positive, and you are making good things happen in your life.
And I truly believe this can all start with being grateful for the floor.