Overflowing with gratitude

Have you ever seen one of those champagne fountains where the tiny glasses are stacked on top of each other in a pyramid? As the top glass is filled with champagne, the bubbly liquid begins to overflow and fill the glasses beneath it.

I have started thinking about gratitude in the same way.

When I give thanks for good things in my life, I am filled to overflowing. Love and gratitude spill over into the lives around me.

Gratitude changes everything.

A few months ago, I was sitting in my office, stressing out about life. My heart was racing, my stomach felt hollow, and I couldn’t understand why.

I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and forced myself to sit in the quiet.

As my mind’s eye zoomed out from the situation, I was struck with the reality that I had been chasing things and influence and money. I was worried about everything and grateful for nothing.

Overflowing with gratitude

I realized I had replaced my small champagne glass with a bottomless bucket, one that could never be full. Instead of pouring my blessings out on others, I had turned the focus entirely in on myself in a way that could never bring joy or satisfaction.

As my tiny glass was filling to the brim with love, family, and soul-filling work, I had traded it in for a bigger cup. I was super-sizing my way through a never-enough culture until I felt as hollow as the bucket I was trying to fill.

So I put away the bucket, and I started naming everything I was grateful for. With each whisper of gratitude, the hollow feeling started to go away. My body filled with warmth and tears pooled in my eyes as I quickly became overwhelmed.

Who am I to deserve such a full life?

My family noticed a change in me that day as my glass began to overflow. For the first time in a long time, I was able to fill them up with an overabundance of joy and love.

These days, when I feel myself getting stuck in the stress and the hollow, I remember to downsize my cup, whisper thanks for the good things in life, and return to a place of gratitude.

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13 Comments

  1. Corinne

    So beautiful. I ADORE the honesty in this post. This is something we all have to watch for (I’ve found myself here too) – TRUST ME! – but gratitude flips the switch. Love this post.

    • Alysa Bajenaru

      Thank you, Corinne. I love the gratitude posts you have been doing this month!

  2. Laurie

    Beautiful words!!!

  3. Kimberly Knowle-Zeller

    Beautiful and powerful imagery! Thanks for the reminder. And the gift of gratitude.

  4. Victoria McGee

    I have been feeling much the same way! ( the before not the after unfortunately) A lot of life stressors and not enough quiet gratitude has caused that same hollow stressed feeling! Thank you for putting words to it! I still have so much to be grateful for despite my stress.

    • Alysa Bajenaru

      I’m glad I could put words to what you are feeling.

  5. Robyn Volz

    Thank you so much for that, it was very much needed and appreciated! Sometimes life sends you wake up calls, just as you did today for me, and a lot of others as well for sure. May your days be blessed with love!

  6. Abbie

    Yes! So much yes.

  7. Natalie

    Thank you for the great word picture. I want to remember this when I am feeling ungrateful. I desire to overflow with gratitude and joy but I often fail :/ I am thankful for grace, mercy, and reminders like this post.

  8. Jessie

    I’m so glad that I read this today. I’m new to this website and wouldn’t you know this is the very subject my husband and I discussed at length this morning.

  9. Adriana

    So much honesty here…and the final kick in the pants I needed to pull myself out of a tough stretch myself. There is always something we can be grateful for, even if it takes some digging. Thank you for this gratitude adjustment, and for the shift in perspective!

  10. nomadajr

    Thank you. I needed this read.

  11. Melissa

    This is such a sweet reminder. It’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday stress of life.

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