23 June 2022

A Grateful Approach to the Future

"When you start to practice gratitude right where you are, you're also practicing having gratitude for what's to come. You are growing in your ability not only to sow seeds but to water them faithfully."

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As you begin to cultivate a sense of gratitude for the smaller things in daily life, you may notice that your gratitude is also growing for all that lies ahead. You might start to notice that you no longer want to prolong your gratitude for when good things come to fruition. Instead, you are grateful for the opportunity even to think them through and plan them out.

When you start to practice gratitude right where you are, you're also practicing having gratitude for what's to come. You are growing in your ability to sow seeds and water them faithfully. In this space, you start to delight in imagining a better future...and not only for you but for others. You start to be excited about what's to come in your life and the lives of family and friends. And even though you know the future is filled with unknowns, you're encountering grace. Grace to practice gratitude with every step. Grace that makes room for you to grow wiser as you travel this winding path. Grace that allows you to imagine what tomorrow could be, even though so much still remains unknown. 

What seeds do you want to sow?

What is your hope for your community?

What would it look like to do something different and make a big change...even if you're a little afraid?

Now is the time for asking questions.

Now is the time to recognize: for all you do not know, you do not have to hold back. Even here, you are allowed to take action. Even if the actions are small. You are free to reimagine what it might mean to give your all. 

Where do you want to invest your time?

Where are you being propelled to go deeper?

Where are you willing to challenge yourself, even if it means going beyond all you have ever known?

Let this be the season you continue to pay attention to the curiosity stirring within. What might you be willing to do, and where might you be willing to go if you knew that no matter what, there will be grace to learn and grow?

Continue to cultivate gratitude. Continue to do things to remind yourself and others that "there is more to you."

More tomorrow…
Sincerely,
Morgan Harper Nichols
@thestorytellerco
@morganharpernichols

Word of the Day: Curious (adj): eager to know or learn something (Oxford Languages)
Affirmation: "I am excited to dream. I am grateful for the possibility of what could be."
Journal: In what area of your life are you learning to be curious about the possibility of what could be.