Keeping a Gratitude list helped me to stay grateful during my divorce.
If I felt overwhelmed with my loss, I could take a moment and write down everything I still possessed.
I found that I had many things to be grateful for:
I had two beautiful, healthy children.
I was able to continue living in the home I loved.
I was creative and able to write and play music.
I had my job and my education.
I had my own health, and a willingness to change and grow through my present situation and…
I had the love and support of family and friends.
I was fortunate to have so much during this trying time.
My gratitude list reminded me to be thankful to my Higher Power for giving me so many wonderful gifts.
Through the course of my divorce, and still today, I write down at least ten things I am thankful for each day.
I can always tell when I’m having a bad day, when I’m refusing to embrace an “attitude of gratitude” when I look at the page of my journal and read:
I’m thankful for this pizza.
I’m thankful for being left alone.
I’m thankful that I don’t have to get out of this bed.
I’m thankful for being fed.
I’m thankful for this solitude.
I’m thankful that I have a bed to sleep in.
A gratitude journal is a reminder of all we may be overlooking when we are walking through a time of pain.
“Dear God, help me to find gratitude in my present situation, to look at what I still possess, and be thankful instead of dwelling on my loss.”