It’s no mysteries to anyone who knows me that I’ve had an on-again and off-again relationship with Gratitude (yes, it deserves a capital G in my eyes). I’ve read about it, done 28-day programs, and even proclaimed myself “cured” from the negative self-talk that has always plagued me.
Funny word, plague.
And by funny, I don’t mean haha.
I always know that my thinking has gotten away from me when I’m most drawn to self-help books. Yes, it’s true, they’ve always been a part of my life, but now I notice myself steering away from fiction when I’m feeling a little lost.
And by lost, I mean hopeless.
For me, there are two contributing factors to wandering around the desolate island with Jack and Sawyer… exhaustion and diet. I can function okay when one or the other is out of whack, but when both are, forget about it.
Game over. Nobody wins.
Gratitude is a tricky topic for me, mostly because I really try to do what I say I’m going to do. I genuinely try to find the good in situations and help others along the way. But I have been finding myself lately in that dark place where nothing feels like it’s ever going to get better. That place where binge-watching The Killings in two weeks is not only okay, but justified.
The Killings.. totally worth it, btw.
So, last night, while cleaning out my Kindle, I came across a book I had bought last year and never read. The Gratitude Diaries, by Janice Kaplan, and it was all clouds parting-choirs singing for me.
Of course, this finds it way to me when I need it. I’ve been working on the food thing again, and exhaustion is far less when I eat better (go figure), so naturally Gratitude is the next step.
If you’re also looking a way out of fiction this summer – even though your To Read list is probably growing every day – pick this up. We could all use a little more Gratitude in our lives, and sometimes just need somewhere to start.
Ready… set… Go!
Happy Reading Peeps 🙂