9 Unusual Things I’m Grateful For & A Gratitude Meditation For You

During the holidays when we reflect on what we’re most grateful for, it’s usually the good things in life that come to mind: the love of family and friends, a warm to place to call home, success in our businesses, and any number of creature comforts.

Don’t get me wrong – these are all amazing gifts that most of us are lucky enough to enjoy in our lives, and I give thanks daily for these blessings.

True gratitude, though, means being grateful for the little things that often go unnoticed, things that challenge and test us, and things that are just a hell of a lot harder to be grateful for.

Today I want to share with you some of the more unusual entries that have made their way into my gratitude journal over the last few years. Some I’ve shared before and others are more recent additions to my “unusually grateful for” list. I also have a free meditation for you to download, and I want to let you in on a BIG SURPRISE at the bottom of this post. (Be sure to read aaaall the way down!)

Here we go! 9 unusual things that I’m grateful for…

1. The homeless man who got upset with me for putting tomatoes on the sandwich I made him. Instead of getting angry at his lack of appreciation I reminded myself that how he reacted towards me probably wasn’t about the tomatoes.

2. Red lights. Yup, those red lights that slow down your drive and make you late. Getting annoyed at a red light is a choice you make, and you can choose to see it differently. I use red lights as an opportunity to do a little meditation. Here’s how it goes: Take the red light as an opportunity to slow down. Take 3 deep breaths, letting out a long sigh with each exhalation. Then, come back to the present moment, refocus your energy, and continue on your way.

3. My friendly critics who tell me things I don’t want to hear, but ultimately help me be a better version of myself. No one likes being criticized but if you learn to sort and organize criticism and feedback, and not take it personally, it can help your business soar.

4. My not-so-friendly critics, haters, and trolls who test my personal mantra to respond with love, even when I’m infuriated. They also remind me that I’m in the arena, daring greatly.

5. Baristas who make heart art on top of my lattés. Marianne Williamson says that no matter what job you contribute to the world, make it your ministry. These particular baristas make it their ministry to create lattés that make people smile. This makes me over-the-moon happy.

6. Total strangers. It’s amazing what you can learn from people who you wouldn’t normally hang out with. I once read in a travel magazine that strangers help you find buried pieces of yourself you haven’t met yet. I love this.

7. Getting rejected for a big opportunity. It’s good to practice how I deal with rejection since I put myself out there a lot. This particular rejection also paved the way to end up getting my dream book deal with the Perigee Imprint of Penguin Random House so looking back, I see that all unfolded as it was meant to. Sometimes you need to trust the process.

8. A flight I missed. I got moved to a flight that connected in another city that I hate traveling through, which led to getting delayed further, which led to a really great business connection I wouldn’t have made if I caught the first flight. You’ve gotta believe things happen for a reason.

9. People saying “bless you” after I sneeze. It’s a small gesture that makes a big difference. We all just want to be acknowledged, and feel seen and heard.

Gratitude simply comes down to perception. At any moment and in any situation you can choose to see something differently than you did before. And when you do, you’ll be cracked open to a whole new world.

Today I have a gift to share with you: a beautiful new meditation on gratitude that I created especially for you. It will help you fill your heartspace with light and love, and carry the energy of gratefulness with you throughout your day. 

Click here to download my new gratitude meditation:

Now I’d love to hear from you. What are you unusually grateful for this year? Please share your thoughts with us in a comment below.

Thank you for being a part of our community, and allowing me to walk alongside you on your entrepreneurial journey.

Cosmic hugs,

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12 thoughts on “9 Unusual Things I’m Grateful For & A Gratitude Meditation For You

  1. I’m thankful for the struggle Natalie. It kind of surprises me to say that. I’m started a virtual assistant business at the first of the year and it has been a lot harder than I thought it would be. But I’m learning more about myself every day. Thank you for the insights you provide. You’ve been very helpful to me.

  2. Thank you for posting #7. I’m grateful that more women are starting to see that they don’t always have to be Superwoman – just concentrate on being super in how you treat people and how you treat yourself. The rest will fall into place.

  3. I’m grateful a family decided they didn’t have time anymore for their 10 year old dog. We’ve had him in our home for several months and he’s the calmest, most well-behaved dog I could have asked for. I don’t expect we’ll have him long, but I hope for a few years he’ll make us go for at least one good long introspective walk a day.

    1. Monika, this is a gorgeous snippet of gratitude! It will have to be included in my next gratitude post…

      I can’t believe how many grown dogs are given up and left at shelters. How amazing that you rescued a 10 year old dog and shower him with love! A lot of the older ones have a harder time getting placed in homes because people want puppies… This year my dog had to have a leg amputation due to very aggressive cancer and when we were at a vet appointment, the vet was telling me about how many healthy dogs get brought in to be euthanized because the owners just don’t want them anymore. It’s heartbreaking. I think it’s true that “you can judge a person’s true character by the way he treats animals.”

      Happy Holidays to you and your dog 🙂

  4. Natalie–
    Thank you for this post. It is a great reminder to slow down and recognize the pearls throughout our days. When we do, all that good stuff expands, grows and we can more easily experience life with grace and love.

  5. I’m grateful for a sink full of dishes:
    1. Dirty dishes come from cooking and baking delicious homemade food rather than eating take-out or junk food
    2. I’m able to stop and slow down. There’s no way to speed things up when washing dishes, as I don’t have a dishwasher
    3. Time to reflect on my goals for the day and how I’m feeling

  6. Hi, Natalie. Yes, I do agree to be grateful for seeing strangers wherever I go. You know, sometimes I think that in the future there’ll be less direct interaction among people. I imagine that there will be less people doing activity along the road, but more robots. So, I feel blessed of seeing people around and observing beings’ characters.

  7. I love to reflect on gratitude because its so much a part of how I manage to accept and live with a chronic health condition. This morning my partner took some time to share with me some thoughts about our Yoga practice and what I need to focus on to nourish the abundance that I already am, the best way to keep on top of my health. In that moment I couldn’t have felt more grateful. Not just for the words, but for the force that brought us together. It took us 6 years to meet ( we first met online through friends) once we did meet it’s taken us 5 years to formulate our business, which we are still working on and settling into. and the foundation of that business is really our personal yoga practice, our relationship and our sincerity to help others. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am. To not only be with someone who like me is absolutely mad about Yoga and its depth, but that no matter what he accepts me as I am…

    1. I love this, Rachel. And I’m so grateful to you for sharing this beautiful story with our community. Hugs to you.

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