Why I keep a Gratitude Journal

Why keep a Gratitude Journal, you ask? Well, maybe you didn’t ask; but I’ll tell you anyway. In a world of negativity, it is extremely difficult to keep a positive attitude. Wars, the negative political climate, economics, unemployment, hunger, etc. can weigh us down and make us feel that life isn’t worth living. I’m here to tell you that life is well worth living. There are so many good things happening, and there is beauty all around us, if we would only see.

It’s easy to sit on the pity pot and ask why me? It’s a lot harder, at least at first, to ask why not? When good things happen, we seem to take them for granted and only pay attention when bad things happen. Let’s change that. I have been keeping my Gratitude Journal online for over four months, and before that, I kept one on paper. It has made a tremendous difference in my attitude; and that’s what life is – attitude. We can’t change or control outside events, but we can control how we react to them. When we are surrounded by negativity we can do one of two things: we can allow that negativity to consume us and drag us down; or we can continue to be positive by focusing on what is good in our lives.

I only post 3 things every day that I am thankful for, and some days it’s hard to find even one. I don’t think anyone is immune to the negative clouds wafting in our direction every day. But once I start writing I find it’s sometimes hard to keep the list to only three. I invite you to view my Gratitude Journal at: http://newbeginninggratitudejournal.blogspot.com/ and perhaps even start one of your own. The items on the list don’t have to be big things.

One day, I was stuck in traffic coming home from work. I have learned to be patient and not lose my cool about taking longer to get home. When I pulled up to the last intersection by my house, an accident was in the clearing stages. If I had been on time driving home, that could have been me being carried away in an ambulance after my car was totalled. So it’s all in how we view things.

Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude!


I was thinking today about funerals and eulogies, because yet another friend has lost someone close to him. There are always glowing tributes posted online, in obituary notices, and at funerals. I am sorry that so many people have lost loved ones. But it did get me thinking.

What if, instead of waiting until after someone dies, we tell them now how much they mean to us? I know how easy it is to take someone for granted, or to be taken for granted. We are involved in the daily grind and absorbed with keeping body and soul together. The people in our lives will always be there, or so we think. Perhaps it’s time to think about what we would say at their funerals and say it to them now. After they are dead, it’s too late.

I am making a list of the people in my life; family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, former classmates that I am still in touch with, and everyone who has ever meant something to me, and it’s a long list. I plan to write a eulogy for each one of them. And then I am going to write to them or tell them in person what a difference they have made in my life.

Won’t you join me and do the same for those in your life?