By Elisabeth Corcoran
I heard someone say recently that if you want to be more joyful, you need to start with simply being grateful. That makes so much sense. Joy comes in part through a contentment in where you're at in each aspect of your life, and becoming content flows from an awareness of what you already have. So one afternoon recently, I gave myself an assignment - it was simply to stop what I was doing and sit for 5 minutes and write down as many things that came to my mind that I love about my life or life in general. Here was my list:
And then when the time was up, I was driven to write:
Father, I am so blessed with big things and with little things. Each of those things above are blessings to me, actual gifts from You. Thank You for pouring out so hugely into my life. I am so sorry that I take this for granted - that I take the daily good things in my life with a grain of salt sometimes, just expecting them to be there for me, as if I deserve this good of an earthly life. Thank You for showing Your love to me through such tangible means. I love You.
You can do this --- you can carve out 5 minutes and write down everything good thing in your life that you can think of. Or, if you really can't find 5 minutes --- put a blank sheet of paper on your kitchen counter first thing one morning, then every time you walk past it during the day, stop and jot down two or three quick things. Then at the end of that day, glance over that list. And take another minute or two to thank God for your personalized joy list.
"It will be a foretaste of heaven to us here below, if we are able to thank God for all His infinite goodness with all our heart." Ottokar Prohaszka
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