The Art Of Gratitude: What Are You Most Thankful For This Year?

| Updated: December 28, 2021 3:09 pm

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”

I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”

Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how grateful they should be to see…

When your life seems full of troubles, it seems difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude, doesn’t it? All we see are our problems, like a blackened storm cloud casting a dark shadow over our lives.

And the times when everything just seems to be going smoothly? We often take these precious moments for granted too, don’t we? Caught up in the bliss, comfort, and familiarity of it all, we can simply forget to be thankful.

So what, then, is gratitude?

Simply put, gratitude is a habit. It’s a way of looking at the world and all the good things in it with a feeling of appreciation, regardless of whether or not your current situation is to your liking.

Gratitude is a heart-centered approach to being at peace with yourself and with all you have. When you practice this feeling of gratitude, it attracts even MORE things into your life for which to be grateful.

Go ahead, try it out right now. What or who do you have in your life to be thankful for?

Journaling is a wonderful way to check-in with yourself and really validate everything you’ve been through and everything you’d like to manifest.

With these new year journal prompts you will create a space in which you can reflect on:

*Write down one word to describe your 2021 – Whatever comes to your mind first.

*My biggest challenge of 2021 was…

What was the most difficult challenge you faced? How did it feel? What did it make you realise? How did you approach it? How did you find the resources to get through it? What did you learn?

*3 lessons that 2021 taught me include:

Write down your three biggest takeaways from last year.

*5 people/situations/anything You are grateful for:

It may be an object, a practise, an activity, a fluffy friend of yours or a human being that stood by your side and listened when you really needed it.

Take a minute to write down the things and the people you are most grateful for. The people that have helped you get where you are today.

Go the extra mile and, if its a human you’re grateful for, send them a message or even a card to extend your gratitude for their presence. Kindness is the most beautiful thing to spread.

*3 things I’d like to open my heart to this year in 2022

Do you want to open your heart to a new career? To love? To forgiveness? To your parents? To healthy, challenging conversations?

What personal things do you feel like you have barriers up against? What do you fear? What would you like to move through or open the door to this year?

To get started you will need:

*a journal / paper

*a pen

*a comfortable space to sit / lie down

*a cup of tea / your favourite cosy drink

I always like to create/be in a calm and cosy space when I’m journaling. Consider heading into nature for a walk and doing your journaling on a bench by the ocean / in the forest / in the fresh air. If you’re journaling at home, light a candle / some incense or pop on your diffuser.

Radhika is the Founder of Circle of Hope that is an online community that imparts Hope and Healing to the world. She is the Co-Founder of Gaia The Portal, a platform that serves as a one-stop solution for Holistic Wellness

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  1. Aditi Bhandari

    Well written . The best part is how simply you have explained to develope a habit – to be grateful and appreciate.

  2. Sumana Ghosh

    Being able to read your column on gratitude is so heart warming. I have been thinking of starting journaling since 2022 should be the year of gratitude n journaling for me. Happy new year dear

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