How being grateful for the things you have can lead to inspiration
"IF YOU WANT TO TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND, TRY THANKFULNESS. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE MIGHTILY."
It is important to give thanks and be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life no matter how small. Next time you are seeking inspiration, look for things that you take for granted and be grateful that you have them in your life. Doing this will open new inspirational paths in the creative forest of your mind.
We Americans (and Canadians) set aside one day a year in order to give thanks for the things we have. While turkey and football have perhaps taken precedence, many of us will still find ourselves in a reflective mood around this time. We do our best to find things to be grateful for, drawing up sentimental thoughts about our loved ones, our health, and our general level of happiness. We express due gratitude for the big things in life, yet we never take enough time out from chomping turkey and watching the tube to give thanks for the other things in life that we often take for granted.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozicks
Taking the time out (not just on Thanksgiving) to examine all the little things in life that you take for granted and finding reasons to be grateful for them can help lead you to new ideas and inspirations. While being grateful for all those big things can also be inspiring, looking at the small things in life that you take for granted can help lead you even further into the creative forest of your mind and help you blaze new trails to your muse.
Next time you are looking for your muse, try making a list of all the little things in your life that you could be more thankful for. By doing so, you might find yourself coming up new inspirations to further your creativity.
For example, here are some things that I came up with when I did this exercise:
“Family is family” is a saying that many people find themselves saying when the parents come over for an extended stay, or a sibling calls with a favor to ask of you. We act like it is such a chore to put up with them, and never remember the times when they held our backs. “Family is family” alright and it is important to appreciate the fact that you have one.
- The postal system
Six days a week, somebody goes through the trouble of putting things into my mailbox. Things like bills, statements, that book that I bought on Amazon, the occasional card, and movies (yeah movies!) are put where I can get to them at my own convenience. In this era of digitized correspondence, the mail service is often dismissed, yet there is nothing like getting that occasional card still or having the things that you want delivered to your door.
- Good Neighbors
We always remember those unpleasant neighbors who threw loud parties or stole our paper, but seldom do we recall any of the good neighbors that surround us. Next time that guy next door lends you his jumper cables, or the lady up the street gives you some of her apples that are growing in her yard, say “thank you” and then be grateful that you live in such a good neighborhood.
- Duct Tape
One roll lasts years and you can use it for a large number of projects. Not being able to find the duct tape when you need it is like having the hiccups, it drives you crazy.
“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” -Estonian Proverb
By listing all these little things in life that you generally take for granted, you will find that the things that you come up with are great sources of creative inspiration. For example, if you list duct tape as one of the things that you take for granted, thinking about all the uses for this handy tape might give you ideas for a new creative work that highlights duct tape. Or, you might find further inspiration as you probe deeper into the history of duct tape, spurring you to be inspired by how things were invented and how they ended up being used. The creative possibilities become endless.