There was a moment in my in life when, buried in hardship, all I could do was cry, kneeling at the foot of my bed, wondering what the future had in store for my kids and me. But after writing down what I was grateful for each night, I fell asleep a little more hopeful, and feeling a lot stronger.
Little by little, I filled page after page of positive thoughts that kept me going when I felt weak. All I had to do was go back and read them to feel empowered. I could also gauge my progress. Gradually I went from being grateful for simply hauling myself out of bed in the morning to being thankful for life-changing events, such as meeting a compatible life partner or landing a well-paying writing gig and eventually my dream job.
I may not write in my gratitude journal every day, but I do make a point of doing it every week. I also reread it often, especially on days when I’m tempted to complain about something. All I have to do is go back to those first entries to feel moved to tears by how little one really needs to feel joy and thankfulness.
Writing is a powerful tool. And keeping a record of the positive has helped my family and me be resilient, strong and most of all, grateful, no matter what. Following are some of the tools I´ve found useful to journal and save memories. I hope they help you too!
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by Lorraine C. Ladish at Mode