Finding Gratitude Every Day
11:11 pm. Make a Wish. Or not. To some people, patterned clock numbers are an example of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidences. Many people see these serendipitous happenings and feel a connection to the universe worthy of making a wish on, like a shooting star or birthday candles.
What if I taught you something new? Instead of wishing and wanting, what if these signs are a reminder to be grateful, or a reminder to pray?
I don’t know about you, but prayer does not come naturally to me. I did not grow up in the church (when I was little I piggy backed off of my friends and relatives, attending their churches for Christmas and Easter). Don’t get me wrong, I want to have God in my life more, but I always forget to turn to him FIRST. Growing up, the habit of talking to Him just wasn’t there, and it’s still an effort to remember to keep the conversation going, especially when things are good.
A few years ago I started focusing on the art of being content. At this point I did not make wishes on clock numbers, but I would still see the patterns. “Maybe it does mean something,” I thought, “What if instead of making a wish, I took a breath and said, ‘Thank You,’ for something good in my life?”
Even if you had a horrible day, this is an easy way to remember to give a silent shout out of gratitude for the air in your lungs. You can use this habit to do a full prayer, give a nod to the cosmos, or just use it as a reminder to yourself that there is at least one thing to be thankful for every day. If you look for these cues I guarantee that you will find more. Then maybe, just maybe, this small act of contentment will grow into something bigger and more worthy of the universe.