Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day we’ve set aside to pause and recognize the things we are grateful for…and to eat, and to see family, and maybe to have tough conversations…I recognize this day, and the holiday season we are entering into is not all sunshine and roses for everyone.
I’ve been thinking about this holiday, and about the practice of gratitude, and about what it might look like if we were all willing to practice gratitude on a daily basis….setting aside a day or a month is great, but what might it look like, what might it feel like if we begin to integrate that gratitude practice into our everyday lives.
I do believe that gratitude is a daily practice…it’s not something that comes automatically, but is a muscle that needs to be worked, stretched and used. And, as with all muscles, when we’re willing to put in the effort and the work, it yields results, it changes us, it reshapes us. Just like muscles, gratitude makes us stronger and healthier and allows us to live fuller lives.
I believe gratitude has the ability to create powerful change in our lives…but only if we are willing to put in the work, only if we’re willing to put in effort on our part. Change rarely occurs without effort, without work.
My dear friends, I hope, this week, that you can find a few more spaces in your life to practice and integrate gratitude.
Have an amazing week, and a wonderful holiday.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!