(Aside) I said I would write more during Lent, so here I am doing it. I’ve also been cycling more, which I am feeling good about, and I haven’t had my bike stolen recently, which is a feat to be proud of, but not to brag about too much in case of fate being tempted. Am I eating less? Mostly. I’d say I’m eating more healthily, with a temporary blip around my b’day festivities. So there’s my being honest and my lenten vows update.
Now on to the title of this post, Gratitude. I started a Gratitude Diary last year, but not being a great “completer finisher”, I haven’t kept it up religiously, however, when I’m feeling in the mood, I’ll write a few things down that I’m grateful for. For those of you who have partaken in this type of activity, it’s a pretty cathartic thing to do, and if you’re a ‘law of attraction’ believer, you may believe that it makes good things happen. It just makes me happy, which I’ll take.
So rather than write in my gratitude diary today, I thought I’d post 10 things that I’m grateful for here for all to see:
1. My Dad – (He often appears in my gratitude diary and he’s usually top of the list) He is the most generous, sensitive, witty and inspiring man I know.
2. My Siblings – Each one of them is very special to me in different ways. I feel very privileged to have such a big, close family.
3. My Mum – the years I had with her were cut short, but she was a fantastic, high spirited and brave woman, now an angel.
4. My Friends – we’ve been through so much together and they are not fair-weather (apologies for the rhyming couplet – it’s the poet inside of me bursting out)
5. My Niblings – (Niblings is a term coined to describe nieces and nephews) They bring a huge amount of joy into my life.
6. Music – Whether it’s listening to it, or attempting to play/sing, music is nourishing for me.
7. My Work – I took a risk to do something that I am passionate about and I have never been so fulfilled, challenged and energised.
8. My Heritage – How can you not be grateful for Irish roots?
9. My House – For the first time, I feel settled, even if I know I will never truly settle. For now, I like it.
10. The Small Things – Looks between strangers on the same wave length on a tube journey, the comedy value of the 207 bus, beautiful words, great stories, being able to see the funny side of most things, making someone’s day, someone making your day, great things happening to great people, harmonies, TenPilates, sleep.
Feel happier already? I know I do.