“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
While I was doing some research on the concept of gratitude, I learned that gratitude journaling can be a powerful tool to use in our daily lives. There are positive effects that come from putting a pen to paper and listing what we are grateful for. Gratitude is something that I struggle with sometimes, especially when I'm feeling a little down about my neuromuscular nightmare. It's easy to be grateful when things are going your way, but if you got dealt a rotten hand, not so much. So I am going to journal five things that I'm grateful for in relation to my disability. Here goes:
1. I am grateful that I live in a time of amazing medical advances. I can't imagine what my life would have been like a hundred years ago. I could have been the old lady that never left her house.
2. I am grateful for my Neurologist and my ENT Specialist. The Neurologist keeps me walking, and the ENT keeps me talking!
3. I am grateful for the medicine that keeps my leg muscles from tightening like grapevine on an old wooden fence.
4. I am grateful for handicapped accessibility. I am really grateful for this! Because of those two words I am able to participate in everyday life with my family. Disability doesn't stop us! We go to concerts, ball games, plays, and many other great places. Handicapped Accessibility is my ticket to freedom.
5. I am grateful for the internet. I am able to find others who suffer from movement disorders such as mine, and I can learn from each of them. No longer does one have to suffer alone. Google nowadays lets us birds of a feather flock together. Maybe it should be called, Gaggle? Sorry!
Seeing my thoughts on the screen does help put my daily challenges into perspective. Gratitude journaling is not going to change my disease, but the change will come with a change in my attitude, a grateful attitude.
Maybe I should start a gratitude journal?
Here is a wonderful website about gratitude journals and how to get started.
What are you grateful for?