“What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were grateful for today?”

I came across this question recently and love how powerful a thought exercise it is.

I started thinking about all the minutia in my life that I take for granted. The list snowballed to include items large and small that I rarely consider.

Socks, spices, fruits, hot water, water at all, a warm place to sit, a safe place to call home, people I care about, people that care about me… and I am only a few seconds of thought in.

Then I imagined that I woke up tomorrow and all the things I didn’t express gratitude for were gone.

Shoes, all clothes (except my socks), vegetables, nearly my entire kitchen, my bed, the people I have yet to meet, the people I forgot to thank, everything, everyone... all gone.

If I really wanted to keep the things I value, then following the rules of this thought exercise, I would need to spend all day, every day, being grateful!

Then again, I guess there are worse ways to spend my days. ☺️​

Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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