Max, our teacher, speaks often of gratitude saying it is the most easily accessible at any given time.  He teaches us that you can always find something to be grateful for, even on your darkest day.  This is often a tool we use for meditations in our yoga classes.  Adopting the mindset of gratitude can change one’s point of view from negative to positive in an instant.

I was first introduced to the concept in 1997 when a family member gave me a book and a journal titled “Simple Abundance” by Sara Ban Breathnach.  Her approach was simple, find five things you are grateful for each day and write them down.   This has stayed with me all of these years and I have 13 gratitude journals full of life’s little gifts.  Brian started one 2 years ago and I cannot tell you the changes I have seen in him.  We even bought a special journal for Henry.  Our task at night is to come up with three special things about the day- his “gratefuls”.  At first it took a long time, but now he can come up with them easily.  I challenge you to do the same.  Start your own gratitude journal and notice what happens.

deli & liz

Here are my “gratefuls” for today:

  1. Happy children
  2. 8 years of marriage today
  3. A good friend who remembers the little things
  4. My husband helping me with my homework
  5. Celebrating the Summer solstice with an evening swim

What are you grateful for today?  If you can’t think of anything, look a little deeper and remember it is often the little things that carry us far.


Elizabeth Delaney