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Gratitude isn’t a new idea; most spiritual practices and philosophies emphasise gratitude and compassion for others. But in recent years gratitude has shifted from being an idea to a concrete tool that people can use to become happier and healthier.
However it is practiced, gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Yes, pain and injustice and cruelty exist in this world. Politics is increasingly divided. The difference in the well-off and the poorest appears to be growing. But when we focus on the gifts of life, we can gain a feeling of well-being.
Throughout the year I keep a Gratitude Jar. In there I write down those moments that I’m so grateful for – big or small. There are some days or weeks when I might not but then something always reminds me. The jar sits on my windowsill in my office with little squares of paper so I can easily jot down my gratitude and pop it in the jar.
In the last couple of years I’ve also had a ‘wishes’ jar (or as I am now going to call it for 2019 – my Intentions Jar). After I’ve cleared my gratitude jar, I open this jar. This one was created a year ago and rarely is anything added to the jar– although sometimes in January I may think of a couple more to add in. It’s left on my windowsill. Again, its a wonderful surprise to see what my ‘wishes’ or Intentions were for the coming year. Also whether they happened! In the past, a few wishes have gone back again into the jar, a wish or intention for the coming year.
Whether you ‘hold’ the jars metaphorically ‘lightly’ or for fun. It’s a wonderful exercise for this time of year and the forthcoming year. I encourage you to create gratitude and Wish/Intentions jars.
May you be clear on your intentions for 2019 and grateful for what transpires.
Claire Palmer is a highly experienced and accredited executive and career coach, coach supervisor and mentor, and the founder of Claire Palmer Coaching. For over 18 years she has been coaching clients through transformational change whether personal or professionally. She works in the UK and internationally, both face to face and over the phone. She is a Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF).