Resilience Pathway #109: Wake Up To Thanks

Several months ago, a friend shared with me a special habit of his where each morning before he gets out of bed he takes a few minutes, as soon as he opens his eyes, to lie quietly and reflect on all that he is thankful for in his life. I then shared with my friend that as a way to influence positive sleep habits, each night before I close my eyes, I take about ten minutes to ponder all that I am thankful for in my life.

Since this conversation I too have taken the first few minutes when I wake up to reflect upon all the richness that I so am grateful for in my life. I have experienced the value of this exercise first hand.

One significant shift this exercise has made in my life is that it sets the stage for my day. It paves the way for me to put positive and appreciate perspectives on life out into the world. This habit is also a reinforcement of a quote that I frequently share with my coaching clients:

“Our lives go in the direction of the words that we speak, the thoughts in our minds, and the feelings in our hearts.”

Reflecting on all that you are thankful for in your life each morning before your feet hit the floor has the potential to shift your thoughts, feelings, and words into a positive and appreciate light for that entire day. It can also shift your focus from all that you don’t have or have not accomplished, to all that you do have and all that you have accomplished in life. Especially if the moment you open your eyes, you find yourself considering all that you have to do for the day, I invite you to try this exercise every morning for the next month and enjoy the shifts it makes for you.

Coaching Inquiries: What are you thankful for? How often do you pause and reflect on all that’s good in your life? What are your first thoughts and feelings when you first open your eyes each morning?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Christina Lombardo, PCC, CPCC (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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