I've managed to start and maintain a few good habits recently.
There's three in particular that I've been 'meaning to get around to' for a long while.
- Blogging every day
- Swimming every week
- Regaining the daily practice of meditation
Each of them has added genuine value to my day and I'm really thankful for that.
In fact, I was thinking about being thankful today when a friend reminded me of an awesome TED talk by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar.
He talks about the myth that gratefulness comes from being happy, but in fact, it's the other way around.
Happiness comes from being grateful.
It's a pretty powerful message.
So the next habit I am going to start is a gratitude journal.
Immediately after meditating each morning, I'm going to write a list of ten things I am thankful for.
Some may appear on the list every day, in fact, at least 3 or 4 will for sure.
But I'll try to find new things too.
Watching the talk above made me re-question where I was heading and how my actions were contributing to that.
I'm thankful to have been shown it again today. I think I needed it.