1 month ago

What are you grateful for today, my friends? I am grateful for the beautiful blues and greens I can see out my window, for having gotten through a huge Sunday on only three hours' sleep, and for feeling like I might just be able to cope with today.

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2 months ago

As happens, from time to time, I forget my own advice.

It's been a bit of a rough few weeks, mood-wise, for me, and even though I ask everyone else what they're grateful for, sometimes I forget to ask myself and find myself gradually going down that low-mood spiral.

The other day as I was getting dressed, I spied this lovely necklace a friend gave me at Christmas, sitting on my shelf. I put it on, thinking "I am deliberately putting on gratitude". I kept remembering to look for what I could be grateful for whenever it brushed against my hand or I saw it out of the corner of my eye. It's not a lucky charm, no, no, but a physical reminder. Sometimes gratitude doesn't come easily. Sometimes we need all the help we can get.

Do you have something like this, a physical reminder to help you change your thinking?

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3 months ago

I wrote a thing for Eternity News and didn't realise it had been published back in December! Thankfully, this advice never gets old. 🙂

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.”

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3 months ago

On the twelfth day of gratitude, I’m grateful for the luxury of being able to lie under a tree in my front garden, looking up at a blue sky, thinking about art and life and other such noble things.

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3 months ago

On the eleventh day of gratitude I’m grateful for the simple companionship of my pets - the purring headbutts from the cats and the cheerful burbling of the chickens.

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3 months ago

On the tenth day of gratitude, having spent some time scanning in photos of old uni theatre productions for an archiving project, I am grateful for the amazing experiences I had all those years ago in student theatre, creating art and thinking we knew everything (we were just babies!).

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3 months ago

One of you lovely Everyday Gratituders said she would be happy to use a fresh 2017 diary this year and just change the dates by hand for 2018. I have a couple of boxes left and I really don't want to trash these beautiful books! So just in case there are other recyclers out there, I thought I'd throw the offer open.

I'm reusing mine and also have repurposed a couple into a gardening journal, a prayer point tracker for my Bible study group and...I'm sure I'll think of more uses. 🙂

If you would like a fresh diary (but with 2017 dates) and are happy to customise it to your own requirements, I'm happy to send to you if you pay postage! $12 for 1-3 copies.

Just send me a PM with your email address and postal address and how many copies you'd like and I'll send you payment details.

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3 months ago

On the ninth day of gratitude, I’m grateful for having a splendid garden (that I had nothing to do with establishing) in which I can do garden work. Today I trimmed the hedge in the foreground...still heaps to do as you can see, but it’s very therapeutic!

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3 months ago

On the eighth day of gratitude, I'm grateful for days of rest, with nothing much in them, where I feel absolutely no guilt for pottering around, playing online games with friends, and reading with my cat beside me. I go back to work tomorrow but I thoroughly enjoyed this complete day off.

What are you grateful for on this first day of the year?

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3 months ago

What would it look like if our resolutions focused less on our weight or organisational skills and more on how we treat others?

Rather than losing weight and getting fit, let's resolve to be a better friend, spouse, parent or co-worker.

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