For some time now, there has been a trend running on Facebook about gratitude. These range from memes to stories and challenges on pages that preach gratitude.
Some posts are quite cliché but a further look springs new meaning to them. My favourite of all is the challenge where each one gets to state what they are are grateful for everyday. Most times, such challenges are limited to seven days. Sounds easy enough, huh?
The main instruction is to write down three things that you are grateful for, for seven days. Easy peasy!
What I thought was going to be easy turned out to be one of the most difficult things I had to do. Three looked like a thousand. My list would often have two very similar items and one other item that people often throw out there ever so often.
Gratitude, is a sense of appreciation for all things good even in the most difficult situations. That’s how I look at it at least. To be honest, being grateful under difficult times is one of the hardest things. Being clouded by sorrow and often times self pity or failure to look beyond the dark clouds limits our ability to feel and appreciate the good around. That has been my problem. However, I want to turn this around and become a much more positive person regardless of what is going on. So much of this gratitude thing will have to work hand in hand with positivity. The power of positive thinking. My grateful list for today:
1. My parents waking up
2. Zamfest tickets (please let the show be good)
3. The will power to say NO to being added to another WhatsApp group.
This may not be what everyone had in mind but I am grateful for them and so much more to unravel throughout the day. That’s the thing with this gratitude attitude, you are more aware of the good as time goes by. With more practice, I will be able to add more seemingly important things to the list.