I think it was 2016 or 2017 when I started journaling and it has been a total game changer. I was going through one of my journals from 2018 and it was a wonderful feeling to just go through it and see what I had written. Wanted to share a few with you.

I realized some of the things have stayed the same for me. And some have changed. I wonder how I have been able to continue building devotion and l love for the divine and whether it is irreversible.

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Once I started to write my gratitude’s consistently, I couldn’t think of what else I was grateful for. I remember thinking about the challenges and obstacles and being grateful for them because those are the things that have helped me develop my character. I have seen this play out on many occasions. I have enjoyed my journey of developing faith and growing it but when I had challenges my faith was tested. But I think that’s what’s helped me to have that shift in perspective. Challenges will come, I am grateful for them too since I have always gotten closer to the divine during those times. 

Mother divine if you are listening, I am grateful for the challenges but please don’t think I am asking for more 🙂

The other thing that has happened in the process of writing journals and especially gratitudes, you run out of ideas. It makes you think of things you would not usually think about. I remember being able to think of my teachers growing up, my relatives, friends and strangers. Fond memories and also being appreciative of what they did even though at the time I wasn’t able to see it. 

Writing my journal, writing gratitude and thinking about them has only led me to be happier. It’s not a to-do list thing on my calendar, although it began that way. It has lighted up my path with joy, happiness and a lot more. 

As Rumi said, gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on get drunk.

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