“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton
When life gets busy, messy, and tough, I can struggle to be happy. I still count my blessings, but I become so distracted with "the bad stuff" that my moments of miracles don't resonate for me, easily. I have to work to make the feelings of gratitude be a dominant part of my day.
I can get bogged down in feelings of negativity and I am aware of that, so I know that is something I work on. To make me feel, to appreciate feeling grateful, I try to will myself out of my negative thoughts and re-emphasize the espisodes of grattitude that I feel. Sometimes I have to do this a dozen times to train my brain to focus on the positive.
It's work for me.
But, I am grateful for these moments of self awareness, even if I struggle to achieve it.