You inventory what's in your kitchen cupboard and take measures to shore up you supply of must-have items. Similarly, you should consider taking stock of your mental and emotional stores.
Having these psychological reserves will bolster you during the dark periods. They'll keep your lows from being so low, so frequent, so hard to recover from. They'll guide you toward focusing on the sweet things that recall lighter days. They help you identify your priorities, organize some of the chaos, and start thinking up creative solutions to various challenges.
They can be buoys or lifeboats. Reflections or calls to action. [Thankfully] It's all good.
A Gratitude Practice is finding open windows when doors close.
And if this post is too long for ya to read right now, check out the TL;DR highlight video. You can come back to this post for more detail later. When you have time. Oy, life! 😉
My Personal Perspective
For me, Gratitude with big "G" is many things. It's noticing and delighting in the small things — often thought of as "simple pleasures." It's pleases and thank yous and demonstrating courtesies to others. It taking a beat to appreciate life, my life, so that I don't take stuff for granted. It's trying to reframe things to the positive and banish the negative.
I Have a Little List....
Ok, here's 50 things I'm grateful for right now. Like RIGHT NOW. It's pretty random, but then so are many aspects of life. So it's fitting, perhaps.
Anyway, I can't pick favorites and coming up with the list items was a serious stream-of-consciousness escapade. So I just organized it alphabetically to neaten it up a bit. (Maybe all this is a bit obvious?)
Ability to do to yoga/TRX/spin classes
Beautiful desktop/browser tab wallpaper images
Being my own boss
Calls to/from loved ones
Comfortable, safe home
Conveniences (like dishwasher and W/D!)
Diverse work experience
Eating out once in a while
Exposure to many cultures
Free — and really kickass amazing — stock photography
Funny coffee mugs and t-shirts
Having lived abroad
Iridescent sparkly nail polish