In order for gratitude to become our natural disposition we must seek it in the ordinary, mundane, details of everyday life. It may look a little something like this:
I woke up this morning in good health! I'm so grateful to be healthy. Or, I woke up this morning in pain, but glad to have access to medication to ease that pain. Today is a new day, an opportunity to add another layer to the vision I'm pursuing for my life. I love my family. So grateful for the wisdom they've imparted to me and how I've grown as a result of their honesty, love, and loyalty. Thankful for a group of friends that I can count on through thick and thin to provide support, love, and truth. I lost my job - what does this make possible? Looking forward to discovering what God has in store for me in this new season.
I lost a loved one - it hurts. I'm grieving the pain of losing someone that meant so much to me and although the pain is raw, I'm so thankful that this person was a part of my life for so many years, and all the memories I have will remain with me always. I'm stuck in rut, things don't seem to be moving forward...Hmm there's something I'm suppose to learn in this season. There's a huge growth opportunity at the end of this season and I don't want to miss it, so I'll pay close attention to the tiny details and discover the hidden gems during this time that requires patience from me.
Cultivating gratitude within the daily details of life breathes something fresh into what would otherwise seem ordinary or mundane. It is a mindset shift that allows one to see the blessings in their everyday life as well as the opportunities hidden within every challenge. It's important to be able to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in every aspect of our lives because we live in seasons. And all seasons are not created equally. A planting season requires a different perspective than a harvest season would. When gratitude becomes your natural disposition it becomes easier to see the rewards in every season of your life.