One of my favorite books is "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
She was on the Oprah Show quite often in the 90's and promoted keeping a Gratitude Journal. Beginning with just 3, 5 or 10 things each day, your list will soon be quite lengthy. I just bought a new journal and, in this season of giving thanks, I thought I'd mention it. This exercise literally saved my sanity back then! My job was extremely stressful, my mother was in critical health and "life" was happening. Some nights I just wrote *I made it through today, I'm so grateful for my bed, I appreciate being safe.* I promise your list will grow, you will begin to feel differently mentally, physically and emotionally. It can, and will, change your life for the better!
I'll be very honest, after losing Abby I just stopped journaling. I was so distraught that I couldn't see anything good about my life or the world around me. I railed at God for taking her and I was so depressed and angry for such a long time that I had no interest in anything. There are months that I have no memory of nor do I know what happened that I finally began to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. God's grace? :) Sometime in the midst of returning to a "new normal" I stopped asking God "WHY?" and began to find things to be grateful for. I tried to appreciate the fact that we had her for almost 16 years and, in that short time, she brought so much joy to our lives and to everyone she came in contact with.
A professional suggested that I write letters to her, remembering all the thousands of times she made us laugh, the funny things she said and did and all those "I love you, Mimi!" Life is waayyyyy too short and everyone has tragedies to deal with. So try to make each day count, to make a positive difference in this world and appreciate every moment you have!
It's not anything fancy...I think it was $3 or $4 at Home Goods. It doesn't really matter what you choose to use, I just liked the flowers and always, black & gold! :)
"Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress."
(I'm not sure who to credit for this...I've had it for a very long time.)
I hope that you find something here that will inspire you! Tomorrow is going to be a challenging day for our country. Do something that makes you happy and is relaxing. Perform RAOK's, make that call, write someone a note to let them know they are loved and give thanks for everything!