An air of gratitude, albeit a smokey one

Compliments of the blanket of smoke that has consumed our community, I have spent more time inside in the past few days than I have in the past few weeks combined.

For me, what would normally be pleasant, carefree summer hours spent with my family outside in the mountains soaking up all the wonderfulness this area has to offer, has turned into hot and stuffy, boring (as described by my children despite having been given free reign on tv and devices) campfire scented inside hours, ever soothing what seems like a pack of caged wild animals.

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The parts of my day when I am not tending to the basic needs of my children, breaking up fights, planning indoor activities elsewhere or baking cookies and bacon to try to counteract the thick smell of smoke in the air, I am finding myself thinking a lot about gratitude.

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Because, despite the inconvenience of these past few days, one can always find something to be grateful for.

For example: I’m grateful for the abundance of fresh air that surrounds us on a regular basis.

I’m grateful that despite the smoke, the fire currently remains a considerable distance from our communities.

I’m grateful for the Firefighters, helicopter pilots, and other service personnel who are working their hardest to protect us.

Gratitude is a habit I personally choose to engage in daily.  It reminds me to focus on the good in my life as opposed to the not so good which makes me feel good.  It’s also a great reminder for me to not take things for granted. I do this in a couple of ways.

I practice gratitude with my children at dinner time.  We each talk about one thing that we are grateful for that day.  I believe it empowers my kids and promotes healthy conversation.

I practice gratitude by writing down 3 things that I’m grateful for every day before I go to bed.  Not only does this habit put a smile on my face before I head off to bed, It promotes a healthy way of thinking for me during the day, as I look for the good in my interactions so that I have something to write about.

Do you have a daily gratitude practice?  Have you found it beneficial?  If so, I’d  love to hear about it.

For some further insight into the benefits of gratitude, follow the link.

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