Winter in Melbourne comes with its own magic. I know I’ve posted a sunrise photo from my balcony before but that’s the thing with gratitude. It’s appreciating, everyday, what’s around us Whenever I see the sun rise I count my blessings. It signals a new day of possibilities and beginnings, a new day of hope and I never want to take it for granted.
I’ve been keeping a Gratitude Diary for the past five years. This is my sixth year. I remember the first year I wrote in it, it was more like a diary, I tried to keep it positive but it wasn’t always easy.
I had a tendency to ‘vent’ about what was worrying me. Writing it down was like a release. But slowly it changed and I began to focus on the positives. Even during the difficult times. It’s easy to be thankful for the good things but I’ve realised that in all our setbacks we can grow and learn, even if we don’t realise it at the time.
At the end of the day, every day, I would write what I was grateful for. It became a ritual and it went everywhere with me, on holidays, overnight trips. It’s became a Christmas gift to myself at the end of each year.
It feels like a part of me, my best friend. My newest journal lives beside my bed. And it helps me to focus on the good and the kind and the blessings in my life, even when I’m at my lowest. When I’m tired at the end of the day hopefully it means I’ve made a difference.
What I’ve noticed mostly is that it’s the little things that really matter. Not the grand scale things. Being mindful and kind and the small blessings. Smiles, simple greetings, opening a door, a helping hand, the kindnesses of every day… it all makes a difference.
Here are some of the quotes that spoke to me from some of my past journals:
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. Ruth Ann Schagacker
Acknowledging the good that you already in your life is the foundation of all abundance. Eckhart Tolle
For each morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the only prayer you say is Thank you, that would suffice. Meister Eckhart
I’ve found that if I cultivate an attitude of gratitude it grows in all areas of my life. Just like my oak tree which grew from a small acorn many years ago to this beautiful tree today. And continues to grow.
There is always something to be grateful for. If we shift our attitude to gratitude then we shift the awareness to creativity and freedom and anything is possible. Take nothing for granted and give thanks for all your blessings. That’s what I’ll try and continue to do.
This is in response to Niki’s Kindness Challenge Week 5 – Grateful for Kindness