Seeds of Gratitude

Someone planting small plants.

There are many things to be grateful for:

  • The people who are there to listen when you're having a tough time.
  • The hobbies you partake in.
  • The opportunities that come your way.

Each of these had to begin somewhere though:

  • You had to initiate contact with someone to build the friendships that support you.
  • You had to decide to try something new before you found an activity you enjoy doing.
  • You can only take advantage of opportunities that you are prepared for, which required effort ahead of time.

Everything that you are grateful for is the result of a choice at a particular point in the past.

Planting Seeds

In 2020, I put together a book club to read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I enjoyed the book, but it was the conversations I took part in with the group of people that was the more enjoyable part of the experience.

However, that book club almost didn't come to pass.

During the summer I found a group on meetup.com that met up at a part to discuss psychological topics. It seemed up my alley, so I decided to go.

When the day came though, I almost didn't go. The sky was getting pretty cloudy, and rain was forecasted for an hour. But I pushed through it and ended up having a great experience that day.

That one choice I made led me to many further experiences that I am grateful for.

A Question to Ponder

Throughout today, ask yourself this question:

What can you do today to plant seeds of gratitude for tomorrow?

Photo by Zoe Schaeffer on Unsplash

January 17, 2021