Is it possible to strive for more, desire more, work for more while still being deeply, profoundly grateful for all you have? Will being grateful make you complacent? I'm not sure, but it is what I've been working on for the past two months.
My flight was delayed in an airport and I did something I've never done -- I got a shoe shine. As he began on one of my shoes, rather than just enjoy the simple 10-minute moment, I was lost on my iPhone, banging away at an endless drawer of emails.
When you come up with things to be grateful for, you probably mentioned your kids, your partner, your family, your job, your health, and probably some more of those obvious things to acknowledge. But I have three more things to add to that list, if you want to.
Truly, a grateful heart makes each passing moment precious, valuable and full. We can't take our own health or life for granted, nor that of our friends or loved ones. Nothing in the realm of form is permanent, and so we are wise to cherish each opportunity and express our gratitude as it arises.
I have a pleasant morning shower ritual that wakes me up emotionally and helps me to feel better about my life. This ritual doesn't involve a special type of shampoo or happiness soundtrack. It's a trick that I do in my mind to feel more grateful.