Be Grateful Every Day
One of the key points in getting through the last few years as a stay at home / work at home dad with all the change and turmoil has been taking a few minutes every day to express what I’m grateful for.
Sometimes I’ve done this when all is well and I don’t have a care in the world, but the times it has really helped me to get some perspective is when the live rounds are being fired over my head and I’m knee deep in mud in the trenches.
I always come back to the big ones like my health and the health of my family, but a lot of the time it’s the seemingly trivial things that spring to mind – like that I have a pair of welly boots so that my feet don’t get wet when I’m walking the dogs in the woods, or my car starting each time I turn the key. Sometimes it’s crazy things like being grateful that I didn’t find half a worm in my apple, or that I haven’t got toothache, or that my dog didn’t roll in the stinky stuff.
It seems my sense of gratitude comes from a ‘it could be worse’ kind of place. So, yes, I’m having a crappy day, but my feet are dry. Or the dishwasher has broken down, but at least the car still works.
I don’t think it matters what you’re grateful for as long as you do indeed realise it could be worse.
I’ve been to what I thought was rock bottom a few times only to discover there is further to fall. So I’m pretty certain it can always be worse.
Two years ago I started a project called Be Grateful Every Day. I inteneded to post there every day, but I was caught up in my own dramas and didn’t have time or didn’t make the time for it, but I really liked the project so I thought I’d try and make it work here.
I’m going to publish a post here every week and I’ll commit to writing something I’m grateful for each day and invite you to do the same. And if all I have time for is to drop in a word, then that’s what I’ll do.
Being grateful shifts my focus and lifts my spirits when it feels like I’m under pressure. It stops me feeling sorry for myself and raises my eyes to the opportunities.
Please feel free to join in.