It is easy to roll around in our wish for those things we do not have. But it is much more productive and life enhancing to give thanks for those things we do have. Today’s exercise is a counting game. Wherever you are right now: in your bedroom, in your living room, or in your kitchen, take your seat and breathe deeply. Center in this moment, and bring your mind to gratefulness. When you are centered, open your eyes and count the objects within sight. No need to go to another room, although you may. For 5 minutes, simply count. Don’t take time to access the objects you are counting, just quickly see if you can count all the objects in the room. It might be helpful to set a timer.

As you express gratitude for the objects you counted, list the total here.

I counted ________ objects.

I am grateful for what I possess.

Were you surprised at the number of possessions you could count in 5 minutes? What thoughts did you have as you completed this exercise. Do you think you might share it with your family?

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ~Epictetus

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