The Ordinary is Extraordinary
The 180-degree opposite of gratefulness is to take life for granted. It is the death knell to a satisfying and joyful life. If you want the most basic instruction in how to live gratefully, it would be to stop taking people, possessions, your body, time — literally anything — for granted. Put in positive terms, actively treasuring whatever is yours to treasure is the shortest path to joy you can take.
Committing to taking nothing for granted is an ambitious daily practice. “Nothing” is a lot. One thing each day acknowledged and appreciated that we previously overlooked — that is enough. These commitments are like the
chime after the snooze button, a reminder to wake up and not let life pass us by. Or not walk past the extraordinary people we love, relegating them to the ordinary. Or even expect them to always be there, right where we left them.
One of the most accessible and direct pathways to a sense of abundance — after the recognition that life is always bestowing the gift of itself on you — is to savor and celebrate the ordinary.Kristi Nelson
When you see the ordinary as extraordinary and take nothing for granted, this alone can turn your life into a treasure trove. If you look at everything with appreciative eyes, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the amazing gifts at your fingertips, the abundance of how much is in service to your life. Awakening to the great good fortune that is ours can put the kibosh on our feeling of needing “more.” The practice of fully appreciating what is already in front of us can be a joyful long-term engagement. You might be surprised as you begin this practice to find that you already have all the abundance that you envied, craved, or thought you needed to get something.
Excerpted from Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted
Wake Up Grateful
The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted
What does it mean to truly live gratefully, every day? Wake Up Grateful unlocks the path to recognizing abundance in every moment, and gives readers the tools to bring this transformational shift in perspective into their daily lives.
The Way of Grateful Living
Grateful Living is supported by guiding pathways, daily practices, habits of mind,
and behaviors that make us more appreciative and available to life.
These Five Guiding Principles are touchstones to support your practice: