Gratitude List 30/03/2019: A Fantastic day so far

Gratitude List 30/03/2019

Today I am grateful to wake up on this beautiful morning. The sun is out and the birds are loving it. So am I.

Today I am grateful to hear the sound of my daughter’s footsteps coming down the stairs. Or should I say stomping!

Today I am grateful for the courage my girlfriend has shown. She is inspirational.

Today I am grateful my son is developing into a fine young man. He has many qualities I am striving for myself.

Today I am grateful we sat down together at the table for breakfast. Absolutely love these family moments.

Today I am grateful for the time I get to spend with the people I love. I appreciate every single second.

Today I am grateful for their lives, health, safety, security and love.

Today I am grateful for smiling and laughing so much today. Great company, great weather, great fun.

Today I am grateful I have just been offered a ticket for the second test match at the new Spurs ground.

Today I am grateful I live just 20 minutes away….. And that I have a very understanding girlfriend!!

Amazing new stadium!

Bbq time!

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Gratitude List 20/03/2019: They call it the present because it’s a gift.

Gratitude List 20/03/2019

This may seem a little cryptic but there’s a message in there somewhere. I promise!

Being present means I get to experience and enjoy what I am doing, where I am and who I am with. But in the past, my mind loved to wander. My thinking would go into overdrive and before I knew it, the time had passed and the moment had gone. This could stretch on for hours. I’m sure whole days have passed where my mind and spirit didn’t once truly experience what my body was going through. My mind can still wander on a daily basis, but it’s getting better. This morning I was walking down the road and I noticed my mind was with me, feeling each step, hearing the noises around me and seeing what my eyes were looking at. I walk that same route every day yet it felt like it was a new experience – something I’ve never done before. Being completely present doesn’t come natural to me, most of the time it’s a conscious effort, so when I am, it almost feels like an outer body experience.

Today I am grateful that when I was walking down the road, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was listening, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was sitting on the tube, so too was my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was eating my lunch, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was at a meeting, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was reading, so too was my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I looked out the window, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I gave a hug, so too did my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was praying, so too was my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful for my recovery. The work I have put in has freed my mind from over thinking and enabled me to have a day like this – to truly experience what I am going through. By doing so I have found a whole new level of appreciation and gratitude towards the most simple things that previously passed me by without me noticing them.

Gratitude List 13/02/2019: My day has started

Gratitude List 13/02/2019

Today I am grateful to get up at the crack of dawn. To make the most of today. Once this day has gone it’ll be gone forever.

Today I am grateful I have started my day well. I am in the process of beginning my day as suggested. I intend for my day to continue in the same way.

Today I am grateful to hear the early bird songs, see the dawning sky and feel the cold crisp air.

Today I am grateful I left my home with a smile on my face and an abundance of love.

Today I am grateful I am on my way to meet a good friend, to unite and to pass on the same message that saved my own.

Today I am grateful for the job I will go to afterwards. For the income that provides me with shelter, food and security.

Today I am grateful for the prepared lunch I have in my bag. Its healthy, plentiful and cheap.

Today I am grateful for the half hour break I will have by myself. Probably the only opportunity I’ll have. I intend to fill it with something that’s good for me.

Today I am grateful I am then collecting my children. I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like but I am truly blessed to see them at all.

Today I am grateful I am looking forward to finding out about my children’s day, helping them with their work, sitting at the dinner table together, and reading to my daughter at bed time.

Today I am grateful for the tools I have gained which will enable me to deal with my day, especially when it doesn’t go to plan. Through my spiritual connection I feel powerful today.

Today I am grateful to be alive.

Gratitude List 12/02/2019: A new life part 2

Gratitude List 12/02/2019

Further to my list yesterday (Fear Less), another big difference between my old life and my new is the level of resentment I have to endure. Again, I am no saint, but when I see resentment in another’s eyes, because of my own experience I can feel their pain. I can feel their suffering, it’s crippling. I’m very grateful I am learning how to deal with resentments – both past and present.

Today I am grateful I no longer resent those who have caused me harm in the past. This was a heavy burden.

Today I am grateful I can better deal with resentments when they arise in my life.

Today I am grateful I rarely resent myself. This was a daily occasion.

Today I am grateful I no longer resent my past.

Today I am grateful I no longer resent the concept of higher powers, God, religion or spirituality.

Today I am grateful for the knowledge that I am the one who suffers if I hold a resentment.

Today I am grateful to know forgiveness is often the answer.

Gratitude List 09/02/2019: Appreciate

Gratitude List 09/02/2019

What this picture doesn’t show is the young female who moments ago had her arm deep inside the bin only to pull out an empty coffee cup that somebody just discarded. I can only assume it was to beg with as she then joined a young male sitting on the drenched pavement.

What it also doesn’t show is me sitting in a warm and dry coffee shop, still with my thick, waterproof coat on, eating something I really don’t need to be eating.

Today I am grateful I realise how lucky I am and for how much I appreciate what I have.

Today I am grateful that buying them something warm to eat wasn’t an after thought.

Today I am grateful I had a desire to invite them in and get what they wanted so they could sit in the dry. I didn’t, but the thought was there.

Today I am grateful for the few words we shared together. Human being to human being.

Today I am grateful for then meeting an amazing fellow at the tube station across the road. Such a lovely guy.

Today I am grateful the rucksack he was wearing reminded me I’d left my own at the coffee shop.

Today I am grateful for the man who indicated he put my bag behind the counter. There was a lot of important and personal belongings inside.

Today I am grateful for karma.