Have you tried to keep a gratitude journal? I have. And I haven’t been successful.
I start out strong. (That’s how ADHD works, isn’t it?) And, about two days in, it devolves into sounding trite and repetitive.
A laundry list of the same things day after day. Husband. Daughter. Home. Health. Sunrise. Career. Support team. Healthy food. Dark chocolate. Yoga pants.
I’ve tried to keep a separate gratitude journal. I’ve tried including it in my regular nightly journal. I’ve tried various gratitude techniques.
It’s not that I’m not grateful. I am. For so much. I am blessed with love and support. Health and purpose. Surrounded by beauty.
Even during the challenges COVID-times have tossed at my family, at our core, we’re okay. I am grateful for so much.
My challenge is journaling my gratitude. Like we’re told we should.
Wait!! Did I just SHOULD on myself? Oh my. Ah! Lightbulb moment. That’s my problem.
Just because Oprah and other self-helpers say I SHOULD keep a gratitude journal doesn’t mean that I should. Especially when I have tried so many times and it leaves me feeling guilty.
So, what’s my solution? Starting here and now I’m dropping the gratitude shoulds.
I’m going to work on being grateful for small bits of wonder, instead. Like the bright red leaf I saw falling from our tree a moment ago.
Shoulds hit us in so many ways. Especially when we have ADHD. I’m grateful you’ve given me this opportunity to write about this so I could figure it out.
Have you figured out an ADHD-friendly way to keep a gratitude journal? I’d love to hear about it – share below!