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July 9, 2012

How Gratitude Changed Me

About three years ago, I started a gratitude journal. It dramatically changed the way I viewed things and softened my heart for others. Every day for months and months, I wrote down a small list of little things that I was grateful for or about at the end of each day. It refined me, grew up, and challenged me to count each tiny blessing as a gift.

But there are moments that I lose sight of gratitude, when I forget just how richly I've been blessed. The second I lose sight of it, I feel a bit of bitterness, comparison, and entitlement set in. It's ugly, really. It makes me want more for myself, instead of giving to others. 

So I remind myself daily, there is always something more I can give. Sometimes this means rejoicing with a friend over coffee or saying hello to a stranger as our paths cross. At the end of the day, sometimes I feel silly writing down little lists of tiny small almost meaningless things that happen throughout. But each teeny tiny moment that I put on paper serves as a reference point to how blessed I am. And the more blessed I discover myself to be, the more I am able to richly bless others.

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  1. What an amazing outlook on life! This is a great idea - thanks for brightening my day :)

  2. Yes! Great post Caroline! :) I've heard recording the simple things everyday that make your life better is such a positive experience... Perhaps I need a gratitude journal. :)

  3. I love the idea of a gratitude journal :)
    I might just have to start one!

    Have a great weekend, girl!

  4. What a great reminder of gratitude!

  5. Oh that reminds me... thank you for creating and sharing this beautiful space-- I love it here.

    Stopping in to say "hi" from the Wiegand's and because it's been a while since I've visited and allowed myself a minute to savor your beautiful words. If you're up for it I'd love it if you'd join us as we share aloha at The ALOHA Friday HOP. It's just a sweet way to encourage and grow together, ya know?