Many of us have been attempting to focus on gratitude throughout the month of November, instead of saving it up for the big day itself.
But, do you ever feel like you don’t have time to stop and truly be grateful for the wonderful people and things in your life?
I sure do.
I’m currently working my way through Crystal Paine’s 7-Day Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge.
So far, we’re focusing on creating margin in our lives, which is something I’d already been thinking about in recent months. To me, margin goes hand in hand with being present and in the moment, which in turn goes hand in hand with gratitude.
Margin, presence, gratitude. Good things that come wrapped up in one big, often-difficult-to-attain package.
I can’t feel gratitude unless I take the time (create margin) to do so. When I feel gratitude, it’s easier to live in and appreciate the present.
See how they’re all connected? Maybe it’s just me, but I find it difficult to have one without the others.
The challenge for the first day is one I’m struggling with. We were asked to make a list of everything we need to do today, from the time we wake up until the time we go to bed. That wasn’t so difficult. It’s something most of us do on a daily basis anyway, right?
But here’s the catch: now we need to cross three things off the list. Three! I’ve been staring at my list all morning, and I’ve only crossed off one thing.
I guess it’s called a challenge for a reason.
Are you feeling like you don’t have time to be grateful during this season of thankfulness? Do you find yourself postponing it? Maybe you’re waiting for Thursday?
Is there a way you can create a little margin in your day in order to be present and in the moment, and to experience gratitude? Is there one thing you can say no to in order to free up a tiny bit of space in your heart and mind today?