Friday, March 4, 2011
Remembering To Be Grateful
When my niece and I were in Barnes, I spotted this collection of little blank books. I am a sucker for little blank books and the cute little birds on the front were impossible to say no to.
I decided to use one of them for a grateful journal. Each day I take the time to write down what I'm grateful for from that day. I've done this in the past, but it's been awhile. I felt like it was a good time to start doing it again.
I write in it almost every night before I go to asleep. It's a nice way to unwind and let the good (and the bad) from the day spill out. I try to be as specific as I can to that day. I don't list things I'm always grateful for, like the love of my family or having enough food to eat. I try to dig a bit deeper. I try to pay attention to the littler things. They aren't all that amazing or extraordinary. They are actually quite ordinary.
For me, it's just about pausing and reflecting on my day. Life can be so crazy and busy and demanding and this helps me to refocus. Some days, I find it hard to think of anything good and when this happens, I can look back and remember what was good about another day and I work hard to include those moments in the new day.
Here are a couple of the things I'm grateful for from this week.
// Enjoying dinner and conversation with a friend at a new restaurant I've been wanting to try.
// Getting to watch Parenthood. (I think this is one the best shows on TV right now.)
// Sleeping through the night three night in a row.
// Listening to an inspirational video by Ali Edwards for the Yesterday and Today class.
// Doing yoga. Feeling my body and mind strengthening.
// My sister telling me a story of my niece saying I was a really nice person.
What are you grateful for today?