Day 1 Count Your Blessings
Every day I should wake up and count my blessings (or do it as soon as I possibly can). “You will have heard people say to count your blessings, and when you think about the things you’re grateful for, that’s exactly what you’re doing” (Byrne 2012). Okay. I agree, it is pretty good practice to be grateful for the things and people you have in your life. Being grateful for what I have has made me less “needy” for other things. I feel more content with my life and I’m happier.
“When you’re grateful for the things you have, no matter how small they may be, you will see those things instantly increase” (Byrne 2012). This is where my skepticism kicks in, what I’m going to have to fight if I’m going to really give “The Magic” a shot. I’m very grateful for my furkids but I don’t really want any more of them right now. Four is enough!
Today’s instruction is to count my blessings by writing out a list of things I am grateful for; it is suggested that I keep all my gratitude in one place. That’s not really explained, but maybe I’ll transfer my gratitude list from this post to my journal. I’m also instructed to explain why I’m grateful. So I need to write a list of 10 things I’m grateful for and why. Then after I’m done writing my 10 things I should read them aloud or in my head. At the end of reading each blessing I need to say or “think thank you, thank you, thank you and feel the gratitude for that blessing” as much as I possibly can (Byrne, 2012).
I can also feel more gratitude by giving thanks to “the Universe, God, Spirit, goodness, life, your greater self, or any other concept” I am drawn to (Byrne, 2012). (This is the second part of my skepticism I have to shed. I’m not one of those people who believe that we all need to believe in God, but I have a hard time seeing Universe, Spirit and my greater self on the same level as God. Again, that is a personal thing.) Byrne writes that when we direct our gratitude towards something we will feel our gratitude even more, and our gratitude will have more power, and “create even more magic!” (2012).
Every day for the next 27 days I’m to add 10 more items to my list of things I’m grateful for. This will help me recognize all the things I have to be grateful for. There is a list of “Magic Gratitude Subjects” to help me get started. They are: health and body, work and success, money, relationships, passions, happiness, love, life, nature (planet Earth, air, water, and the sun), material goods and services, any subject of my choosing.
Once I count my blessings I should feel happier, and the happier I feel is a measure of how grateful I am. The more grateful and happier I am the more my life will change and see my “blessings magically multiply!” (Byrne 2012)
- I am truly blessed to have my husband in my life because he makes me laugh at myself when I’m taking myself too seriously.
- I am so grateful for my current job because it frees up my mind from job stresses so I can focus on school.
- I am really grateful for school because it has taught me so much about art and my own artistic abilities.
- I am grateful for my health because it is teaching me how to keep moving and making more healthy changes in my life.
- I am grateful for my co-workers because they fill the day with a lot of laughter and silliness.
- I am grateful for my home because it gives Mike and I space but is also cozy enough to call it home.
- I am grateful for drawing because it helps me relax and free myself of rules and regulations.
- I am grateful for Sarah and Tina for being my best friends and cosmic sisters and telling me the truth when I need to hear it.
- I am very very grateful for my parents living in Pooler because I enjoy being around them.
- I am grateful for people who are patient with me because they are truly amazing people.