This post starts 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 start by reflecting on the year that has just passed.
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."
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
So without further ado, here are my gratitudes for 2021.
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices."
I am grateful that my partner and I have come together in amazing ways this year. Not only did he relocate from Canada so we could be together, but we have also bought our first home and got engaged. Three incredibly big steps and I have a big warm heart when I think of our connection and the work, we have both put in to create such a deeply loving relationship as it hasn’t always been a walk in the park.
I am grateful for all the skills I have learned and that they brought my business brand and website to life this year. A big project and I am so proud of the outcome.
I am grateful that I connected with family, both my own which is expanding and the family I am joining with my partner. The pandemic has created great distance between loved ones and I am grateful for each moment I got to spend with those I love, from the oldest at 84 years to the newest at 2 months and all the wonderful people in between.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
I am grateful for tea. Nothing beats my morning cuppa in bringing me joy when I first wake.
I am grateful for technology and all it has allowed me to do, create, learn and of course, connect with others. Including you as you read this post.
I am grateful for meditation and the peace of mind it brings me. I have enjoyed experimenting with different styles and finding that each time I create this space for myself it’s a little different and still as powerful.
"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone."
I am grateful to Alastair, my fiancé. Thank you for supporting my dreams, holding me tightly when fear comes in and allowing me the space to grow. Thank you for all the fights and resolutions, the love and the encouragement, the laughter and reassurance. You are my teammate and my soul mate. I love you.
I am grateful to Marjorie. A new friend and fantastic support even though we have never met in person. Since we met in January there have been tears and laughter, good ideas, bad ideas, and sometimes no ideas at all and yet we made it! What a year, thank you!
I am grateful to all my amazing coaches this year. I have had the pleasure of working with talented humans on many aspects of my personal and professional life and I would recommend every one of you!
“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else."
I am grateful to my body and its flexibility. I enjoy being able to sit in all sorts of awkward positions, manipulate my body in yoga and feel a deepening of the muscles as they stretch in my everyday chores.
I am grateful for the messages my body sends and my always increasing understanding of what it needs. With the chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis late in the year, I am so grateful that having an already good connection with my body and its needs has made the journey easier for me.
I am grateful for my mind and its capacity to learn, process, understand and interpret. I am incredibly curious about the world and all the wonderful humans within it and having a mind that can fulfil that curiosity is a blessing each and every day.
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