routine | gratitude
Choosing to focus on one area for the word habit was more difficult than I imagined, there are many habits I’m hoping to end the year with. Habits that I hope turn into routines. Yoga was the first thing that came to mind, a 30 day yoga challenge- yet it just wasn’t resonating with me.
I am finding that it is much, much easier to remove habits or routines than to incorporate them. And yoga is one of those things that I’ve realized is hard for me to incorporate into daily practice…night now. This probably means I should have chosen yoga as my routine this month, but I choose to focus on gratitude.
I started the year with a gratitude journal but it’s not really a daily routine that I’ve nailed down. I love this quote:
It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
We’re 2 weeks into March and Im finding this prompt super insightful. Some days are harder than others to find gratitude. A lot of times I feel like I’m repeating myself, I’m grateful for my kids, my health, work, clean water, electricity, etc… And some days I forget. Which I’ve learned is fine- routines don’t have to be daily routines. Habits do not have to be daily habits. BUT they do have to be consistent. Consistently done more often than not. Picking back up where you left off. So often we strive for perfection, and when we miss a day, it turns into two days, then three and eventually we give up. The key is to get back into it, no matter how long the break has been.
Yesterday I opened my gratitude journal with a different intention. I’ve personally been struggling with a situation that has been on going-& it’s dredged up some feelings I’m not fond of and words I’ve spoken that I’m not proud of. So I opened my journal and wrote down 3 things I was grateful for in this situation and why I am specifically thankful to a specific person within this situation. I’m not going to say it was easy but it did leave me feeling lighter. Because I am genuinely grateful to this person for these three things, and choosing to focus on those three things rather than my mental list of negatives is key for not only my sanity, but my heart. Choosing to intentionally shape my perspective. Still learning that I have zero control over others actions, but I have 100% control over my reaction and perspective.
If you’re utilizing a gratitude journal this year, I highly recommend opening it from time to time with a different approach and look for lessons of gratitude within hardships you’ve faced. Think about a hard time or situation in your life (past or present) and find 3 things you’re grateful because of it. OR think of a person you have a hard time getting along with and find 3 qualities or actions of theirs that you’re grateful for.
It’s not always easy to see the positive and it’s not always easy to cultivate gratitude inside negativity. But I do feel it’s worth it. And internal reflection within a gratitude journal can be a great start.
In those blank days, the ones that you forget to fill in, don’t be afraid to fill them in with stickers, quotes, prayers, etc…. Your journal can be anything you want it to be.