I recently embarked on a 40 day gratitude journey based off Melody Beattie‘s book Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want. (Melody Beattie also wrote Codependent No More.) The basis of this journey is that you bring an awareness to the events in your life and to your emotions by being grateful for each thing that happens – regardless if you give it the judgment of good or bad. This experience involves enrolling a partner that you’re willing to trust yourself with and be vulnerable with as they will be reading your daily gratitude list. (My partner and I use the Up To The Sky online journal.) There is no offering of opinion from either party. In fact, the daily gratitude lists aren’t discussed. They are simply read. This is in part a way to hold yourself accountable but also a way to be open and vulnerable because you know someone else will read even the deep dark things you may have written.
I encourage anyone who wants to create a change in their life to read this book and begin the 40 day journey. The daily gratitude writing truly helped me both see and create miracles. Not only did I complete all 40 days but I’ve committed to carrying on the miracles. It has become a part of my daily routine. I look forward to writing out what I’m grateful for even if it means writing that I’m grateful for feeling hurt, or angry, or for lashing out in hateful words. This process enabled me to have all of my experiences, accept them as just what they were, and have gratitude for them without shame or guilt.
If that’s not miraculous, I simply don’t know what is.