I was searching for articles about gratitude and the Enneagram, since I'm a 7 and gratitude is something I need to cultivate. I found a nice set of suggestions for all the Enneagram types at theenneagraminbusiness. Here is the one for 7:
Obvious idea: Be in gratitude for all the times you have felt uncomfortable and stayed with this experience rather than avoiding it.
Non-obvious idea: Think of one thing in your life that you care about so deeply that your interest in it is self-sustaining. Be in gratitude for this one area for showing you that you can sustain your focus when you allow something to touch your heart.
I found this a very interesting approach. It would be nice to hear stories from other 7s related to this idea.
I'll start: When I think about it, there are actually relatively few things in my life that I would say have touched my heart so deeply that I care about it so much that this love and will to remain attached are completely natural and self-sustaining.
One thing is my daughter. With her I experienced unconditional love for the first time, in a real heart, experiential way, not mentally. There is no fear in it of pain I might suffer. I have fears for her but not for myself, if you know what I mean. There is nothing I want to avoid, I don't entertain options or fantasies. I'm 100% in forever. Whoever she is, however she turns out. Which is interesting because as a 7 mental type I often have anxiety about suffering and deprivation, but not with my child. Not that I don't feel the stress and deprivation of the work involved, having a child can be highly stressful and depriving in certain ways, but I don't have anxiety about it. Which is refreshing. So that's one thing I'm grateful for where I stay with the discomfort but it doesn't bother me.