This post is the second in my monthly gratitude practice for 2022 and invites you to join me in reflecting on the blessing in your life as we pass through each month. I explain the structure I will be using to capture my gratitudes and reflect on what January and a house move has blessed me with.
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."
My Gratitudes (Read my first post? Then jump to here!)
What is this post all about?
Each month, I want to spend a moment reflecting and sharing with you the things I am grateful for.
This serves two purposes.
Firstly, and you could say selfishly it provides me with accountability towards this goal in my life. Gratitude practices have played a huge part in my journey, and in 2022 I want to develop a greater routine and a deeper connection with all that is wonderful.
Secondly, I want it to inspire you to count your blessings so you too can harness the power of gratitude. Melody Beattie said it best: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
Try It Yourself!
There are many ways to capture gratitude’s and for this monthly post, I wanted to create a structure that would serve me in my reflections and ensure I don’t forget the little or the big things I am grateful for.
Therefore I have chosen 4 headings and I invite you to use them too. They are:
As you will soon see, my gratitude’s are captured as three under each heading in a short paragraph which starts with “I am grateful …” this is for ease of reading.
For you, I invite you to capture as many as flow and record them in whichever creative way feels good to you at this moment. Here are some ideas:
A4 page split into quarters
A long list
In a journal
Silently in your mind
And so we begin the year...
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices."
I am grateful for our new home! We have focused, made positive changes, taken care and made it our space.
I am grateful for Vitamin D and B Complex. Having been advised to take these to support my chronic fatigue, I am amazed and so grateful for the positive impact it has had on my body.
I am grateful for my marketing strategy and automation. Learning a lot last year has meant that my marketing has needed significantly less input from me while we tackled the house.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
I am grateful for long mornings in bed. They have been few and far between but I have appreciated everyone this month.
I am grateful for takeaways. Long days of DIY and limited food in the fridge, they have been a saviour.
I am grateful for plants. Particularly my ones at home, they bring me such joy and calm and I love all their characteristics.
"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone."
I am grateful to James & David. Two incredibly talented individuals who have provided no end of magical support with our crazy DIY tasks.
I am grateful to my chiropractor. After all the crawling around building flat-pack, painting up high and general lifting and moving, my spine needed some tough love.
I am grateful to Alastair. Where there could have been fights or disputes due to tiredness and stress, we came together stronger than ever.
“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else."
I am grateful to my mind and body for coping so well with all that has been thrown at it during the move.
I am grateful for my routines, even simple things like cleaning my teeth helped to keep me grounded when there were boxes everywhere.
I am grateful for my resilience. No matter what was going on, I have admired my ability to find peace and space.
My Final Gratitude
I am grateful to you, dear reader!
I hope you have enjoyed reading my gratitudes and I look forward to you sharing your own with me in the comments, with friends over a drink, with your kids at bedtime or just silently with yourself as a form of self-care.
With Love & Gratitude