On a 1-10 scale, how good am I feeling right now? Answer: 3.
Let’s go: Today I am grateful for…
Being alive. This is my default answer. But it’s true.
A wife who loves me more than she bugs me. And who I love (hopefully more than I bug).
My Dyson fan. Shallow? Sure. But I LOVE this thing! It’s so cool and I’m one of those people who needs a breeze. My wife gave it to me as a Christmas present last year. I’d wanted one since they came out. What a woman!
A colleague with whom I have synergy. Together, we’ve consistently come up with intriguing ideas for 25 years.
Wine. There’s this great wine, Apothic Inferno. It’s finished in whiskey barrels, which adds a nice depth. Love that stuff.
I work from home! And have for better than 15 years. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to commute anywhere. I’m living that dream!
General safety and freedom to do as I please. So many others in the world don’t have it – or even running water.
Possibility. I’m reading a book by Steve Sims called Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen. Best possibility thinker I’ve come across in forever. Really blows out inbred limitations. How lucky are we to have access to a world of infinite ideas at the click of a mouse?
Let’s check in on that scale:
How am I feeling right now on a 1-10 scale? Answer: 7. And this has taken five minutes so far.
Something that’s going wrong in my life and how being grateful might help:
I’m not fit. Everything I’ve tried has failed to get me in shape. How am I lucky here? I don’t know. I don’t feel lucky. How is a chronic failure…luck?
I happen to be listening to Bluefishing right now. Steve Sims just said: People don’t want what they can afford. They want what they can’t get. Is there something in this that’s relevant to my fitness failures? Well, I haven’t been able to get it. It’s like a Holy Grail for me. I keep chasing it, then right when I’m on a path that’s working, I switch things up to try something new. This keeps me in perpetual pursuit of the Holy Grail, which I suppose gives me some sort of strange purpose. A purpose that necessitates failure to keep alive.
Now what? Why not just be grateful for the health I have?
All my lab numbers are fine. No diseases. I have full use of my body. I like to exercise. I have challenges with food, but I’m one of the fortunate people in the world who has sufficient food on a daily basis – and a million food choices. Can I just focus on health gratitude and give up the quest for the Holy Grail?
I don’t know, but at this moment I feel slightly relieved. Thanks, Steve Sims. By the way, you look like one crazy dude.
Scale of 1-10. Answer: 8. Done!
Your turn. Practice gratitude. It’s the best 10 minutes you can spend on any given day. It really helps you avoid self-sabotage. It should be your #1 mental health priority. Check out more of my gratitude articles here.
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