About this time of the year we begin to see top 10 lists, best of lists, worst of lists, thankful lists and lists for New Year resolutions. Normally, I will visually scan and mentally discard those lists and then go on about my life. This year, for some reason and I am not sure why, I feel compelled to make my own “grateful” list.
There is an amazing power in gratitude that helps your mental well-being and emotional health. Gratitude for a situation, an event or for a person that is in your life sets the stage and opens the door for more good in your life. It is very easy, in difficult and trying times to concentrate on the negative, rather than taking stock of the other good and positive things that are going on in your life.
As an artist, here is my gratitude list of all great and wonderful things that I have going on in my life and in my art career;
1. I am grateful for being able to be an artist, even with all of the ups and downs that the profession provides, otherwise, would it really be that interesting?
2. I am grateful to be able to immerse myself in nature which always soothes my being, is always dynamic and vibrant and has always been such a great source of inspiration to me.
3. I am grateful for the ability to express myself through my art and my writing as there are many jobs or professions that do not allow you to be creative.
4. I am grateful for today’s technology which has brought our world much closer together. My laptop, iPad, iPhone and iPod all help to keep me connected and productive wherever and whenever I want.
5. I am grateful for my friends and family who support my work. Without them I could not have the wonderful life that I now possess and enjoy.
6. I am grateful for my art as it is ever changing and there is always something more that I can learn to do that will help me to improve my art.
7. I am grateful for my followers, students and clients as I am humbled by their trust in me that I can somehow teach them and help them in their creative and business endeavors.
8. I am grateful for the “alone, me and quiet time” in the middle of the night when I can create and become immersed in my art. There is magic in the nighttime for me.
9. I am grateful for all of the experiences, situations and people (all good and bad) who helped me get to this point-in-time in my life. Without them, I would not be the person that I am, right now.
10. I am grateful for the fact that I have the power to live, think and write this list, right now! And I realize that I will not have this ability forever, therefore, I want to take advantage of this time and not waste it.
Despite these turbulent and unsettling times it is extremely easy to get swept up in the media’s constant negative bombardment to our senses. It is as if everyone and everything is screaming for our attention. When this is happening to you, turn off your television and computer, go outside, take several deep breaths to clear your brain and make a mental “Top 10” list of all the great things and wonderful people in your life that you should be grateful for. To cement this list in your subconscious, commit this list to paper and when something comes up in your life that is good put it on your list. Over time, your list will grow and it is always there to remind you of what you really have.
When you are down, in a negative place or uninspired go to your gratitude list and review all of the things that you are grateful and thankful for. No matter how bad or difficult a situation is in your life, there is always something that we can find in our lives that we are grateful for. Remember: Gratitude is the magnet for more good things to come into our lives.
Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy holidays and best wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!