Have You Said Your Gratitudes Lately?
Sorry things have been so quiet around here. Jenny + I have been busy building a booth for the National Stationery Show, then loading it all into our minivan + driving all the way to NYC + back. In addition, we celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary (hoping to write up some honest thoughts on marriage soon) + school is out for the summer. Whew...that's a lot of stuff.
Here's a shot of us in our booth, right before we had all sorts of encouragement added to our white wall back there...
Anyway, on the way to New York, I realized my friend, Brian Andreas, was going to be there. I've never had a conversation with him that I didn't a) laugh a whole lot + b) learn an important life lesson. He just has that gift to bless others with knowledge of what really matters in life.
In one of our conversations, Brian + Fe mentioned a practice they have every night where they end the evening speaking out loud to each other the things they're grateful for. It's such a simple + powerful practice they said. They called it their gratitudes.
I've always felt like a grateful person. I do spend some time reflecting on the good things in my day/life...but the power our words can have when spoken aloud...especially to another...just powerful. So, I decided to adopt that practice into Jenny + my life.
What usually happens when I decide to do something like this is I do it pretty religiously for quite some time, then one time I'll forget, then another until I just stop altogether. I asked Brian about how to make sure I don't forget...and as usual, he had some wise words for me..."You always remember what's most important to you."
That was it...if I wanted to make gratitudes a priority in my life I just had to make sure it was truly important to me. Life keeps moving on regardless of if I say my gratitudes or not, but when I spend some time with Jenny + my kids each evening talking about all the things we're grateful for...well, that's just time well spent.
Because it's easy to get caught up in how we want our lives to be or the things we're lacking. We all have dreams not being fulfilled, or something that feels off in our lives. Unless I'm alone in that, but I'd venture a guess to say that I'm not. Starting this practice of speaking out loud the things I'm thankful for has left me feeling not so bad about where I'm at in life vs. where I want to be. I'm surrounded by so much love + light + magic. Speaking about all the beautiful things helps me fight off the ungrateful feelings that pop up from time to time.
Here are a few things I've been grateful for the last few weeks...
- The Tradeshow Bootcamp community for all their help/support as we successfully made it to NSS + back.
- Bike rides with my kids.
- Laying in the grass (I just love the feeling of grass on my bare skin).
- Letters of encouragement from my wife when I'm having a rough day.
- The original story I commissioned from Brian as a gift to Jenny for our anniversary.
- New Switchfoot music.
- Cool breezes on hot days.
- New York sunsets from Brooklyn.
- My wife + her hustle that keeps me hustling.
I'm sure I could keep going on + on. Because there's always something to be grateful for...