It’s so easy to forget and take for granted all of the things I’m so very grateful for- whether it’s the nice house I wake up in, or the adorable dog who is so excited just to see me- even after just going out to get the mail; how about the wonderful person I just happen to share my life with? Same old same old – happy together, not happy together. Good news, bad news…same news. But what keeps our lives, well, enlivened? What inspires that feeling of joy, seemingly arising from nowhere?
Gratitude is the never ending waterfall of support that enables one to‘see’ what’s good, what’s great, even whats just fine, around them. I say this from experience. I have a personal credo that keeps me buoyant and uplifted even when the details of life are not so inspiring. I go into my vocal booth and I say out loud a daily litany of gratitude. I say this into my microphone because that’s where I will be spending a chunk of my day recording for my client’s projects. So, I figure it’s a good place to plant the seeds of success for the day.
I do this everyday, because, like most people, I have a built in forgetter, so I have to refresh my joy, refresh my commitment, refresh my love no matter what. If I’m tired one morning, and don’t feel like repeating/offering gratitude it can become a slippery slope quickly; maybe the next day I feel the same apathy and forego the centering practice again, and what if, the following day is Sunday, and I’m not working, and don’t go into my studio at all – now I have a loop going on – the dreaded voice asking : “does what I do matter? What/who am I in the scheme of things? Am I really making a difference in the world?…ugh… I fell down the nowhere rabbit hole, and I went there fast! At that point I’d already forgotten the support I get, and the feeling of self-love that comes up from offering daily gratitude; renewing my commitment to excellence; sending my best out into the world.
It can take quite a bit more energy to get back to my normal good feeling, and to rev up the energy I bring to my work. Physical energy is integral to how well I perform, since my voice is my business, so it’s a practical matter as well, and it’s so much easier to keep the good feeling going – to ride that wonderful momentum from the daily practice of gratitude.