It can be hard to feel grateful when you’ve just lost your job — or you’re not sure how much longer you’ll have one.
At least that was my experience this year.
As a contractor, I’ve already lost two clients this fall and am, of course, worrying about losing more. Among my friends, three have lost jobs, two have lost (or are about to lose) their houses, and almost all of them are in a state of shock about the hit that their retirement funds — and their kids’ retirement funds — have taken.
As I say, it’s been hard to feel grateful.
But as I wrote last spring, gratitude brings with it scientifically proven benefits. And so I’m fighting the urge to give in to insomnia, compulsive accounting (and re-accounting), and worst-case scenarios.
Instead, I’m developing a one-day-at-a-time approach to gratitude. Because today I still have work. And I still have my house — and can pay for the electricity, water, and heat. And I still have my children (and they are healthy). I can pay for food and I still have great friends, colleagues, and clients.
That’s just the short list, of course. But I’m going to remind myself of what I’m grateful for every day until this economy turns around.
Go to this post from last year for tips on cultivating your own attitude of gratitude.
But let me know, too, what you’re grateful for this season, too — even in the midst of a very scary economic downtown.