Gratitude at every stop sign

Some of you may have read my post about the gratitude bridge, where I take a pause every day to give thanks for that day. This bridge allows vehicles on a gravel road to cross over a small creek. It often floods, so I’m not always able to go that route, which is filled with wildlife and in the middle of an agriculture zone. I am so fortunate that I get to drive that route nearly every day and start my day in the middle of that beauty.

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Recently, however, I’ve found myself expanding this moment of thanks. I’ve evolved to silently saying thanks at every single stop sign or basically every time my vehicle stops. I didn’t even realize I was doing that until this week, where I thought “this isn’t my gratitude bridge!”

But, it’s helping. My life has some challenges at the moment and giving thanks for the things that ARE going right is a really big thing. If you’ve followed this blog, you know I often post about being grateful and the power of gratitude.

There is always something to be thankful for — even if it’s the air in your lungs. Or the fact that your dog came over and licked you. No moment of gratitude — no matter how “small” is ever wasted. And, in my opinion, nothing is “small” when it comes to gratitude. You can be thankful for a blade of grass, for the way your desk looks or for your big toe if you choose. Gratitude is a state of mind, an attitude. A way of life, in my case.

So, what are you thankful for today? Post in comments!

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