How are you doing in simplifying your life and identifying gratitude?
Simplicity seems to be a bit of a common theme everywhere I turn at the moment. I guess it’s the new year influence but it also seems like a societal shift is taking place. Another theme within the coaching and personal development community is gratitude and the importance of focusing on what we have rather than what we don’t have.
What if I said that simplifying increases your gratitude? And that having more gratitude can make you want to simplify even further?
What you Have
And that’s because both of these actions help to keep you focused on what you have and not what you want and haven’t got.
Let’s face it, It’s easy to focus on what we want. After all, we are often told to set goals and strive to get what we want. But there’s a lot to be said for appreciating what you have already and where you are in your life!
When you simplify, you have more time and space to appreciate what you have whether that be physical items or the things in life that we experience, like a child’s laughter, the sunset, and even a decadent dessert!
Having and doing less makes it so much easier to appreciate what you already do have.
And we’re reminded that the best things in life aren’t things. We’ve been conditioned to “buy, buy, buy”. We’ve come to believe that buying things and having a lot of stuff are what everyone is striving for.
Simplify and De-Clutter
But imagine the simple joy of coming home each day to a streamlined evening routine, pre-planned meal, and a clutter-free house! Getting rid of all the extra, unnecessary stuff gives you the time and energy to enjoy these simple things in daily life and helps you see how much you already have. Do you have a safe, warm place to come home to? Do you have an income, even if it’s not as large as you’d like? Is there going to be food for the whole family to enjoy today?
When we pare down our ‘busyness’ – remember it’s not just physical stuff that we can get rid of to simplify our lives – and take a look at what we have, we can start to realise how blessed we truly already are. And when you declutter, it feels great to donate your stuff, knowing that it’s going to go to someone who needs it and will truly appreciate it.
If you’d like to give a daily gratitude routine a try, check out the ‘5 Minute Journal’ for your smartphone and available in book form from Amazon. Or just write three things you’re grateful for each day on a piece of paper!
If you’re looking to simplify your life, check out my online course ‘How to Simplify Your Life and Get to Do More of What You Want‘.