If you are or have ever been part of a 12 Step program you are probably familiar with a gratitude list.
Usually when you are feeling far from grateful, you are gently encouraged to write one.
By the time you begrudgingly come up with lets say,10 things to be grateful for, you're feeling a little better in spite of yourself.
Though you might still want to slug the person who suggested it in the first place.
Tonight I was cleaning up the kitchen after an unusually delicious dinner when I heard Lucy meow.
I walked to the back door to see what she wanted and found her rolling around happily under the bench on the back deck.
All she wanted was to be petted and admired. That was easy to do.
Full of kitten love I walked around the yard and was struck by how amazing it was that I have this garden. Full of flowers and berries and bees and weeds and fireflies.
And I was swept away by a wave of gratitude.