Gratitude for Gratitude

Gratitude List 30/03/2018

I have huge gratitude for gratitude. I’m so glad it’s part of my life. Therefore, I must be hugely grateful for how I found gratitude in the first place and how I continue to do so on a daily basis….

First of all I needed the willingness and determination to do a list on a regular basis. Also a person to send it to helps.

Soon enough, like my bad habits, once I wrote my list enough it too became a habit. But a good one.

Start writing! There are many days when I really can’t be bothered to put pen to paper. But one word leads to another so no matter how hard it is, just start.

At the end of each day I reflect on all the things I am thankful for with a simple thought in my mind – ‘What if I woke up in the morning with only the things I was thankful for.’

No matter how hard it seems to see, there is invariably a silver lining. I can only speak for myself but for every tragic event I’ve experienced, things could’ve been worse.

Practice makes perfect they say. I’m no way near perfect but I can definitely say that through practice my gratitude and the subsequent serenity is progressing. Each time I’m feeling lazy or low I can draw on the success the process has given me so far.

Higher Power(s)

Gratitude List 29/03/2018

Since discovering humility I have become increasingly aware of the higher powers that surround me. It amazes me how everyday, I was able to go about my day-to-day business without acknowledging them. Today I am humbly grateful for these higher powers that keep me and my self grounded.

The sun, the moon, the stars, the sky. All of which were nothing more to me than a picture in a school textbook. They actually exist and I am in the middle of the solar system I once learnt about.

The miracle of life. It is estimated that humans share the planet with as many as 8.7 million different forms of life. I am surrounded by life.

Wisdom – the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. There is an abundance of wisdom out there, I just need to be open-minded and willing to receive it.

Friendship and support. Embracing this takes me to my sanctuary – a place I feel comfortable, a place I feel understood, a place I feel at home.

Love. A positive energy that flows through me like……….like love. Quite simply, there is no other equal.

Faith. No matter how someone interprets their own higher power I can draw strength from them and the ‘leaps of faith’ they take. You can see it in their faces – their confidence, their calmness, their hope, their faith.

God. I do not follow a particular religion, never have. But do I believe there is a God? Yes I do, with as much enthusiasm as I believed in Father Christmas as a child! Do I need proof? No. Wise words were once written ‘Who are you to say there is no God.’ That’s enough for me.


Time To Grasp

Gratitude List 28/03/2018



‘a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.’

Today I am grateful for all the opportunities within my reach. The favourable circumstances I have yet to take advantage of. All I need is the desire to grasp them, they are ready for the taking. I am very fortunate to be in the position I am. I find myself in a place with countless possibilities and very little limitations. I am aware that millions do not have the chances I currently do and yet I see they live their lives to the fullest…. and happiest. I wonder how many would take up one of my opportunities if only blessed with the chance?

Here’s just a few….

To learn something useful. Something different, a further language, a new skill….

To spend quality time with my family.

To pick up the phone and ask ‘how are you?’

To study and work towards promotion at work.

To continue to recover as a person.

To exercise. To look after my body.

To be hygienic.

To travel. (within my financial limitations)

To walk with few boundaries.

To take in a beautiful view.

To read books.

To appreciate and enjoy art and music.

To be financially responsible.

To be charitable.

To help someone in need.

To love with all my heart.

A new footing

Gratitude List 27/03/2018

Amidst the chaos of a rainy London rush hour I found myself in a very serene place whilst standing at the bus stop. It only lasted a few seconds before the bus arrived, but it felt much longer and it was bliss. I was completely present. My mind was empty. I was on pause while the world around me continued.

The sound of the rain hitting my hood.

The coolness of the rain on my hand as I stood there, eyes closed with my palms up. (must’ve looked crazy!).

The activity of life in my hands.

The sound of the traffic.

My (new) footing on Earth.

The sound of people chatting away.

Feeling a part of mankind, of the universe.

The air in my lungs.

My beating heart.

Disable Them

Gratitude List 26/03/2018

Over the last year and a half I have gained some tools which help me deal with day-to-day life. Each tool has it’s part to play and together they are strong – they keep me serene. By no means is my tool box complete and I doubt it ever will be, nor will the tools always be in good working order. But they do tackle a wide range of obstacles, one of those obstacles are my fears. With no doubt the following tools help hugely in keeping my fears at bay and I am truly grateful for them.

Tool 1 – Not to project and guess how others are going to react. Their reaction is often surprisingly different to the disaster my imagination had created.

Tool 2 – Get things down on paper. This serves a huge release to me and there is definitely some magic in writing by hand. I’m not sure what it is but it always does the trick.

Tool 3 – Share it. I can’t keep these things to myself. If I do, they fester. Honesty has given me a choice of people I can speak to.

Tool 4 – Learn from my past. For too long had I surpressed my past difficulties. How was I ever going to learn from them? Facing them full on has allowed me to use my past for reference and tackle similar situations when they arise.

Tool 5 – Remember, my fears are only harming me.

Tool 6 – Wait for the answer. I am still a novice in terms of meditation but I have experienced deep serenity. With serenity it is easier to accept the things I cannot change. Furthermore, through serenity comes positive action.

Tool 7 – Hand it over to my higher power through prayer. I admit I can’t do it all by myself. I admit I need help. This is not a weakness. Quite the contrary, it’s the bravest thing I have ever done.

Fears disable me. With the tools above I can disable them. One or two help, but if I really want to dismiss a fear I need to put in the diligent effort and use them all. It depends on how much I want it.

Life and My Life

Gratitude List 25/03/2018

Today I am grateful for life and for my life. The fact my heart is beating and the fact I have all I need to be happy. Yes, there are things I would like, but those desires do not currently affect my serenity or happiness. Does that mean I am happy with what I have? Am I sincerely content? I believe so.

I currently have an amazing girlfriend and two amazing children.

I currently have a close family who I get to see regularly.

I currently have a great, supportive network of friends.

I currently have a flat that feels like home.

I currently have a job which I enjoy.

I currently earn enough money to pay the bills, buy food, clear my debts (slowly), buy gifts when required to do so, and occasionally treat a loved one.

I and the vast majority of people I know are currently in good health.

I currently have accepted and learnt from the past.

I currently have hope for the future.

I have added the word ‘currently’ to each gratitude as each one could potentially be taken away from me. I can’t imagine life without any of the above, so whilst they are there I will never forget to appreciate them.

Lucky Man!

Gratitude List 24/03/2018

Do I want my old life back? I suppose it depends on what life I go back to. Sure, I would love to go back to the joy and innocence of my childhood. But would I like the self-created stress served up during my 20’s and 30’s? In short, probably not. Despite the destruction I caused during those years, I am very lucky to have not lost the following….

My relationships.

My family.

My girlfriend.

My children.

My Friends.

My job.

My home.

My health.

My sanity.

My freedom.