I’m starting to feel like all my blog posts begin with backstories, but hopefully the stories help you relate and give you some context.
Anyway, this backstory begins with listening to podcasts, which is something I pretty much do on a daily basis. One day I was listening to Wodcast Podcast and one of the hosts, Scott McGee spoke about having to dig deep to push through difficult workouts. One of the things he does when he needs to channel his inner strength is remember that what he’s doing in that moment is a gift. Sure, burpees hurt after a while, but you should be grateful for the fact that you have the ability to lie on the floor and get back up—an ability that not everyone has. I thought this idea gave a really great perspective and was a perfect way to give yourself a quick reality check.
Later that day I was listening to Lewis Howes’ The School of Greatness podcast and he also mentioned something about showing gratitude. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but after listening to him and thinking back to what I heard Scott McGee say earlier that day, I decided I needed to do a better job of consciously being grateful and expressing gratitude.
I’m never one to wait on taking action (patience isn’t really my thing), so that night Darlene and I started a new routine. Every evening before we go to sleep we ask each other, “What are you grateful for?” In response we each have to list three things. We often think back and say we are grateful for things that happened earlier that same the day. Some days there are a lot of things that come to mind very quickly, but other days it’s a struggle to come up with three things, which is when we have to take a step back and realize we are in a nice bed, in a nice house, have a family that loves us, have our health, and we have each other. It’s always a good reminder that we truly do have so much to be grateful for, and the routine has not only helped us express gratitude, but also to end each night with positive and healthy communication that helps us to grow stronger together. A lot of times the routine leads to smiles, jokes, and laughter, which is always a great way to wind down before falling asleep.
When we started brainstorming for this blog, we knew immediately we wanted to incorporate our “What are you grateful for?” somehow, and that’s why the question ended up on our coffee mugs. Whether you start or end your day showing gratitude, the exercise is a powerful one. Try it out and let us know what you think!