HOPE(by) lists

We have to-do lists, grocery lists, and Christmas lists galore; what good could another list bring?  These lists are always focused on what we don’t have, what we need to get, and what isn’t done.  What if we had a list that compiled what we DO have? Yes, a list that isn’t there to accomplish but simply to remind you of the blessings in your life–a gratitude list.
Are you grateful for that chocolate glaze donut you devoured yesterday morning? Write that down.  Are you grateful for the warm bed you sleep in at night? Write that down.  Maybe this year’s holidays will be a little more on the quiet side, but we can continue to be grateful for the traditions we’ve experienced in the past and look forward to again in the years to come.
It is all too easy to take for granted some of the most mundane tasks of our day, or experiences and opportunities of the past.  Getting into the practice of gratitude can remedy even the most anxious of minds.  Gratitude begets joy, and joy reciprocates gratitude.
Hope (by) Challenge: Begin each morning by listing 1-3 things you are grateful for.  (Don’t overthink it!)