92/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 92/100 #100daysofseedsoflight

When I said, on Day 91, that my gratitude practice had changed my life, I wasn’t exaggerating.

But I think it has changed my brain, most of all. I imagine little pathways that had previously been dark, were brought stuttering and blinking to life so that my brain is now lit up like fireworks on the 4th of July. I imagine dusty rutted old roads being newly paved to make traffic flow faster and more smoothly. I imagine my brain like an information superhighway, where all information had once been treated equally, there is now an express lane for goodness.

I think these imaginings are supported by the Forbes article I linked to on Day Eightysomething, but the research is secondary because I FEEL the difference.

First and foremost, I see that I am more likely to look for the good in any situation. Reflexively now, I turn a negative (a thought, a situation, an experience) on its head to find the glimmer of good. And I have learned that there will always be a glimmer of good - just like there will always be helpers (thank you Mr. Rogers - and lots of times the helpers and the glimmer are one and the same).

Second, I see that I am able to stem the tide of wallowing. Oftentimes, I’m able to catch myself before I begin to wallow, and on the occasions when I don't, I’m able to pull myself out of the tailspin before I crash and burn. This is huge, and alone would be life changing. ✨
Third - and this one is the icing on the cake or the gravy on the mashed potatoes or the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae - because this is a shared practice, I am lifted up by the gratitudes that other people are sharing with ME. Through the #mygratitudepractice or #tellme3goodthings, through emails with friends, through conversations that turn naturally to gratitude now - seeing the glimmers in other people’s stories helps to shine even more light on the goodness in my own. We are sharing the light with each other, we are lighting each other’s candles - call it what you will, I imagine this is exactly what we are doing: shining light on goodness, which in turn enables that light to spread. 

The farther and the wider the light spreads, the brighter our lives - the brighter the world - will be. I believe this with every fiber of my being.

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