March has certainly been a perplexing month.
The weather has flitted between sunny and warm to cool and snowy - on the same day!
At the start of the month I was on a keto diet, now (as I write this) I have Covid and have eaten a LOT of takeaways.
I have dived into new unchartered areas of self-understanding and growth.
And there is so much to be grateful for!
“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.
Selfishly it provides me with accountability. Gratitude practices have played a huge part in my journey and I want to keep developing that in 2022.
This monthly post allows me to do just that by creating a positive routine that allows me a deeper connection with all that is wonderful in my life.
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.
For my practice, I have chosen 4 headings and I invite you to use them too. They are:
These help me to focus my reflections and ensure I don't miss the little things.
I have also decided that I would focus on three things under each heading. Starting each with “I am grateful …” for ease of reading. For you, however, capture as many gratitudes as you can!
Also, I love lists. You may not.
So I want you find a creative way to record your blessings that 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
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices."
I am grateful for the weather. Here in the UK we have officially entered spring and along with that British Summer Time not that you would know it from the crazy weather. In one day I warmed my toes at the window in the golden sun, whilst watching snow fall from the sky. Perplexing, yes and so very beautiful.
I am grateful for all my new clients. I measure success in my business not by profit and loss (although that's important) but by connections, new people coming into my world, sharing their struggles, finding answers and sharing me with their connections. March has been a wonderful success and I am grateful for each and every one of you.
I am grateful for rest. The one message I heard time and time again with Covid was that you must rest and not push on when you feel better. Mentally this is something I have always struggled with and I can say that I am learning to accept rest and it feels good.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
I am grateful for blossom, particularly when it's floating on the wind. I have always enjoyed this time of year for the blossom and now it feels even more magical as I plan my wedding.
I am grateful for games. Family time for me is punctuated with card games, board games and homemade games and I just love it!
I am grateful for calming music. Most of my day is spent with some form of background music that soothes my mind, something I find is often true for my clients. Try out the playlist Spa Treatment, one of my current favourites.
"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone."
I am grateful for my (Great) Aunt Angela. Always helpful, loving, full of laughs and a joy to spend time with.
I am grateful for Ash. You know sometimes when you just meet someone with the biggest heart, well for me this month that has been Ash.
I am grateful for friends who understand my CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). Every time I have to explain my restrictions to someone new, I feel a tightness in my chest and yet everyone has been so open and understanding. It has made my acceptance of CFS far easier.
“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else."
I am grateful for my immune system seeing me through Covid. Our bodies really are miraculous.
I am grateful for self-growth. I admire each and every one of my clients for stepping up and being willing to make changes. Therefore it would be wrong of me not to be equally proud of myself for the growth I have made this month.
I am grateful that I can listen to my body when it comes to food. Labels such as gluten intolerant are useful when you feel uncomfortable in your body and we are all so unique that they can be restrictive. I am so pleased that this month I have started to understand that the nuances are important rather than just avoiding a single ingredient so that my body can feel healthy.
My Final Gratitude
I am grateful to you.
Thank you for your curiosity, your passion for growth and your desire to find what is good in this beautiful world.
Now its your turn, why not share your own gratitudes:
with me in the comments
with friends over a drink
with your kids at bedtime
silently with yourself as a form of self-care.
With Love & Gratitude