Be Grateful #1

by David

in Be Grateful

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If you’re going through troubled times at the moment and you feel like the world is falling down around you, there’s great benefit to taking a few moments to think about the things in your life that you’re grateful for.

It doesn’t have to be anything earth shattering, in fact it can be quite ordinary or trivial.

I do it because it helps me to get a bit of perspective and often lightens my mood… and generally speaking, if I feel good I’ll do good.

I explain it in more detail here.

Every week I’ll publish a new post and over the seven days I’ll update the comments with something that I’m grateful for. Sometimes it’ll be just a word or two and sometimes it’ll be a paragraph or two.

So how about you… what are you grateful for today?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

David February 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

MONDAY: Today I’m grateful that my wife was able to take a week off work to look after the children while they’re on the half-term school holiday.


Bryan February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Very nice. I think we are all too often forgetful of all that we should be thankful for. Very nice idea you have here.


David February 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Bryan! Nice to hear from you. I hope all is well.


David February 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

TUESDAY: Today I had the unuual feeling of having plenty of time and space. I think that today I got the adult equivalent of a ‘snow day’ and I used it wisely, so for that I’m grateful.


David February 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

WEDNESDAY: I walked the dogs early today before I went to work. They ran off chasing something into the undergrowth and a minute later one came back limping and holding up his paw. For a moment I thought he’d broken his leg but on when I checked I couldn’t find a single thing wrong. I put his paw down and he ran off again. No idea what he did but I’m grateful it wasn’t serious.


David February 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

THURSDAY: The warning light for the screenwash came on today. I lifted the bonnet and refilled the reservoir. While I was there I thought I may as well check the oil level. Good job I did! The oil level barely registered on the dipstick. Close call. Seized engines are decidedly unawesome. So I’m grateful the screen wash ran out when it did.


David February 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

FRIDAY: You won’t believe what I’m just about to tell you, partly because it’s an odd coincidence and partly because it highlights just how lazy I am when it comes to maintaining my cars. But… today my wife called me at work to let me know the big car wouldn’t start. There was nothing I could do except call our breakdown service. It turns out it was a flat battery, but while the guy was under the bonnet he checked the oil. Guess what… NO OIL! I’m ashamed 🙁

But not too ashamed. I’m beautifully fallible and totally human. 🙂

Yet another ‘just in the nick of time’ catch for which I’m grateful.


Michele February 24, 2013 at 2:22 am

I’m going to check my oil this week, or at least get it changed… I don’t keep up with it either. Isn’t my car responsible for that? (I know how crazy that BUT, isn’t it meant to let me know it’s getting low? Bloody hell, do I have to think of everything around here??? I thought it had a smart thing called a level and I thought I had something on my dash that should remind me…? Come to think of it, it’s been a while, so perhaps my car is slacking in its responsibilities! Lazy bloody thing. Next thing I’ll know is I’ll have to check the bloody air pressure too!


David February 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I know! Those cars!
I was somewhat shocked that the oil light hadn;t come on in either car. It made me think that the engine would have to be bone dry before the warning came on. Which of course is waaaaaaaay too late.

Bad news I’m afraid…. you DO have to check the air pressure too. Sorry. 🙂


David February 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

SATURDAY: Today I lost my cool with the DVD situation in our house. We don’t have thousands, but when the kids take all of them out of the storage containers and leave them on the floor it looks like we do… and as I’m putting them all back it also feels like we do. It’s also a pain that they don’t put the DVDs back in the cases so today I’m grateful for the little poly-envelope thingies. I’ve taken all the DVDs out of their big ol’ cases and put them all in these little envelopes. I got the kids to help me so now they’re invested in it. And I hope the it won’t be too much trouble for them to store the DVDs now that I’ve made it as simple as possible. Plus the entire collection is now stored in one small container rather than three big containers. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the empty cases 🙂


David February 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

SUNDAY: I’m grateful for my rivet gun today. I haven’t used it for maybe five years, but today I needed it and was so pleased to have it. 🙂


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