If you want to feel gratitude mixed in the day, forget the once or twice a day recollecting and instead express the interstitial moment of gratitude. Not just for the big life scale events. Vocalize them or pause in the moment and jot them down in a notebook. You’d have to have a notebook to jot these things down in, so start carrying one everywhere. Pay attention, grab small opportunities.
At any moment you can reflect on what is helpful or beautiful and express gratitude for that because it won’t be there the next time you look. Don’t just snuggle to identify it, enjoy the experience itself. This is what can be hard as we are taught that we need to name, label our experiences. Hard to just enjoy an experience and not express gratitude.
Gratitude is a very individual thing. One its characteristics is the way it is so clear to me but maybe not you. Someone else understanding is not a requirement. These details count and add up even in the midst of unresolved problems.
With this practice, you can bring this type of gratitude spontaneously to the big picture conditions of your life.
Examples composed NOT in the moment - Boring
Being able to see
Not being born as a person 5000 years ago
Mary, my sweetie
Interstitial examples - Mixed in the moment - Dynamic
The snow-covered park bench looks cold unlike me
I love the music here in the cafe
This moment's reflection - I don’t have tooth pain now
The smell of brewing coffee
Hope you have an awesome day!
Credits — David Cain
This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control. Continue the conversation anytime: email@example.com.