I love listening to my husband sing in the shower. We've got an anniversary coming up and that sound has been one of my favorites for six years now. I can't help but curve into a cheek-sore smile every time I catch him belting out a few lines off Sam's Town. Some notes are flat, sometimes he cracks, occasionally he even gets a couple lyrics wrong. None of that matters one bit. Among many in my life, those moments are something I'm extremely grateful for.
Being able to experience gratitude is one of the keys to happiness, in my opinion. But don't take my word for it. Do some Googling on your own, check out this site, then see what you think.
One of the things that seems to get in the way of gratitude is fear. We're often too afraid to express gratitude, especially if we've been hurt in the past and we're sure someone will use our niceness against us. Or sometimes we hold grudges and let old resentments stop us from expressing positive feelings in the moment. We think the other person doesn't deserve our gratitude because they've wronged us in the past. These fearful emotions seem rational at the time but all they really do is keep us feeling separate from those important people in our lives that we care about and appreciate.
So, let's resolve to put ourselves out there. Let's be brave for love and express our deep gratitude for even the simplest moments in life. Because in between those extremes of craziness and humdrumminess we can hear our wild hearts beating in time if we listen hard enough. It's then we remember who we are and know real joy.
Journal/Sketch Prompt: What are you grateful for today? Can you come up with at least one thing (three if you're feelin' feisty) that makes your heart sing; something that causes a wave of joy to crash over your shoulders and makes you laugh or even cry?