Gratitude List 20/06/2019

Gratitude List 20/06/2019

Today I am grateful for waking up on this beautiful morning. I’m glad to be alive.

Today I am grateful I have woken up with all my senses intact, I can see my children fast asleep, I can hear the kettle on, I can smell the toast, I can feel the life in my hands, I can feel God around me.

Today I am grateful I have got up early enough to have a shower and do a bit of meditation.

Today I am grateful for the lack of pain I am currently in – both mentally and physically.

Today I am grateful to read up on some messages that have been posted already this morning. Forever grateful for this.

Today I am grateful I have some more fellowship to look forward to this afternoon/evening. I can’t wait to take my seat.

Today I am grateful for all the people in my life. I pray for their health and happiness. I pray I can be of best use to them all.

Today I am grateful for spending some quality time with my children. I love having them round and I cherish every second.

Today I am grateful I made time to help my daughter with her revision. Something I haven’t been great at but I’m progressing in the right direction.

Today I am grateful there is an extra spring in my step today.

Gratitude List 19/06/2019: Feelings and Emotions

Gratitude List 19/06/2019

Today I am grateful for my feelings and emotions. I used to walk around like a zombie, numb to life. The feelings and emotions my mask used to portray didn’t always tell the truth. Today, if I look happy it’s because I feel happy.

Today I am grateful I can feel joy.

Today I am grateful I can feel love.

Today I am grateful I can feel grateful.

Today I am grateful I can feel spiritual.

Today I am grateful I can feel proud.

I’m also grateful for feeling the perceived negative emotions. Feeling them is not negative at all, it’s part of life and from them there is always an opportunity for me to grow.

Today I am grateful I can feel upset.

Today I am grateful I can feel guilt.

Today I am grateful I can feel regret.

Today I am grateful I can feel shame.

To an extent, I am grateful I can feel pain.

For me, these feelings and emotions are natural. If something upsets me, I should feel upset, if I do something I regret I should feel regret. It doesn’t mean I have to dwell in these emotions, because I have the tools to bring me out, but I don’t have to block them out completely either. I’ve learnt through my past that surpression is not the answer.

Gratitude List 18/06/2019: The ones with feathers!

Gratitude List 18/06/2019

As you’re probably aware by now, I have a keen interest in birds (the ones with feathers!) It’s an interest that was passed down from my father. I’m not embarrassed to say that watching them go about their day gives me so much joy. I’ve always thought to myself I need to learn something new. And I do, but I realised (only this morning) that this is an interest I have learnt about and have continued to learn about over the years, especially since being in recovery.

Today I am grateful to see the three types of Tits (resist Dean resist). The differences between a Coal Tit, a Blue Tit and a Great Tit are at first subtle, but once learnt they are clear and consistent.

Today I am grateful to lean back and take in the spitfire-like-flight of the swifts above. So elegant and…. well ‘swift’. Rarely seen out of the air, in fact they often sleep in flight. Confused with the Swallow but has less of a ‘V’ in its tail.

Today I am grateful to hear the calls of both the Collared Dove and the Wood Pigeon. I enjoy recognising the difference between the Collared Doves smooth three piece call and the rougher edged five piece of the Wood Pigeon.

Today I am grateful to have witnessed how a male Wood Pigeon attracts a mating partner. In true Planet Earth fashion, the male stepped and hopped along the fence over to his target, before performing an elaborate bow and chest-puff combo. One male failed. Another tried and clearly scored better.

Today I am grateful for the forever migrating Starlings. Often seen as a nuisance but they are spectacular looking birds. What other birds literally glitter? I have seen a few juveniles recently, at first I thought they were females, they are browner in colour but again, very beautiful.

Today I am grateful for the industrious House Sparrows. This time of year they are always busy feeding their young and perfecting their nests. If I’m lucky I get to see a group of them perform a fluttering dance in and out of the vegetation of the garden.

Today I am grateful for the Carrion Crow. If these birds weren’t so commonly seen, maybe we would appreciate how beautiful they really are. Large in size, gloriously jet black and apparently one of the most intelligent birds out there.

Today I am grateful for the vibrantly coloured Goldfinch. This petit member of the Finch family is a combination of brown, white, black, red and gold. If one arrives so will many others. His chirp is distinctive and therefore easily distinguishable between other garden birds.

Today I am grateful for the beautiful red breasted Robin. He has an absolutely poetic chorus (I can hear one right now). Incredibly tame birds which will eat from your hand if trained. The king of the English garden in my books.

Today I am grateful I get to see all of this in my garden. All I need to do is take the time to take it in and read a bit. If I want to broaden my viewing all I need to do is step out into a nearby park, woodland or common and take my book.

Today I am grateful I have loved passing on this knowledge to my children. As I have, I hope they remember some of it.

Gratitude List 17/06/2019

Gratitude List 17/06/2019

Today I am grateful for my morning prayers. My first and vital practice of the day. One practice leads to another.

Today I am grateful to have prepared my lunch for the day. I need to stop buying take-out food and this helps hugely.

Today I am grateful for a hard truth from my partner. She did it with love and care in mind and today that’s how I received it.

Today I am grateful for my free coffee and croissant. Thank you Vodafone.

Today I am grateful I had the will (through my greater power) to hand the croissant to another.

Today I am grateful for the £1 in my pocket. Cards etc have been left at home so I don’t spend money unnecessarily.

Today I am grateful I gave this £1 to the man collecting money for the Children’s Hope Charity. It would have paid for a bag of crisps.

Today I am grateful to have spoken to my daughter this morning. I selfishly snapped at her this weekend, I wanted her to know how much I love her.

Today I am grateful to be sitting here doing this list and the serenity I am experiencing.

Today I am grateful for my abstinence and my current levels of sanity, motivation and happiness.

Gratitude List 15/06/2019

Gratitude List 15/06/2019

Another weekend and another opportunity to sit in the garden and enjoy what is beautiful. So what is beautiful today?

Today I am grateful for some fresh blooms. It really is a garden full of surprises. It’s lucky I procrastinated the gardening, otherwise I would’ve no doubt pulled these out thinking they’re weeds.

Today I am grateful for another species of bird to come to the feeders. This morning was the first time I saw Starlings, both male and female. Gorgeous colours.

Today I am grateful for the busy bees who are constantly in and out the flowers, pollenating and doing their bit for life. Absolutely gorgeous creatures.

Today I am grateful for the zebra patterned snail currently residing in the apple tree. Amazing colours. How he got head height is a wonder.

Today I am grateful for the family of squirrels. A while ago, we could see the female was pregnant. Now we have two rascals running around. Costing me a fortune in peanuts, but I love it.

Today I am grateful for the sparrows who have made home in the neighbours brick work. If we’re lucky we get to see them bring food to awaiting chicks gaping mouth.

Today I am grateful we got see a male woodpigeon attract a female. It was like our very own Planet Earth, watching him walk, jump, walk, jump and then proceed to complete a bow and puff the chest combo.

Today I am grateful for the clouds amongst the blue skies. They themselves are an absolute sensation to watch – so peaceful. The glimpses of sun just radiate the colours before me.

Today I am grateful for this garden. So many don’t have a home, let alone a garden. I’m also grateful for all the greenspace available to me, which have served me well when I wasn’t blessed with my own space.

Today I am grateful for my eyes, ears and nose. With these I am able to fully appreciate this beauty if I take the time to do it.

Gratitude List 14/06/2019: Law of attraction – thank you!!

Gratitude List 14/06/2019

Law of attraction – thank you!!

Yet again, I found myself in a place full of wonderful like minded people last night – like a flock of geese flying in the same direction ;). There were so many strengths of character on display, I cannot begin to explain how much inspiration I get. Through the law of attraction, these strengths filter into me. All I have to do is take my seat, open my mind, listen and soak it up like a sponge.

Today I am grateful to witness honesty.

Today I am grateful to witness vulnerability.

Today I am grateful to witness acceptance.

Today I am grateful to witness courage.

Today I am grateful to witness wisdom.

Today I am grateful to witness humility.

Today I am grateful to witness spirituality.

Today I am grateful to witness faith.

Today I am grateful to witness hopefulness.

Today I am grateful to witness selflessness.

Today I am grateful to witness love and kindness.

Today I am grateful to witness unity.

How can I not get inspired after being around all of that? Love it!

👍🏻😊💪🏻🙏🏻❤

Gratitude List 12/06/2019

Gratitude List 12/06/2019

Today I am grateful for my abstinence. Without it, recovery and life as I know would not be possible.

Today I am grateful for my senses. I am currently able to see, hear, smell, taste, touch and connect.

Today I am grateful to have home to return to this evening. I have a shower to get under and a bed to get into.

Today I am grateful for how a friends fortunes have changed. He’s gone from living in his car to piloting an airplane.

Today I am grateful that when the forecasted rain arrives this afternoon I have shelter to go to and a coat to wear.

Today I am grateful for the breakfast I am about to eat. A breakfast that is both tasty and nutritious for my body.

Today I am grateful to be doing this list which in turn is feeding my spirit and mind. I cannot ignore my spiritual health.

Today I am grateful for the thousands of people who share their experience, strength, hope, knowledge and philosophy.

Today I am grateful I really do have water on tap. So many millions do not have this simple and often forgotten blessing.

Today I am grateful for my beating heart, my functioning brain, my breathing lungs. I am blessed with the miracle of life.

Gratitude List 11/06/2019: I Get To

Gratitude List 11/06/2019

“Begin your day with an ‘I get to’ mentality instead of an ‘I have to’ thought process…. I GET to go to work. I GET to have a busy day. Whatever it may be. We often dress our opportunities as stress, but they are in fact blessings.”

I read this quote yesterday. I’ve recently attempted to describe this exact change of mindset but never felt I did it justice. This though, has hit the nail on the head.

‘I have to do this, I have to do that’, this type of thinking can easily lead me to procrastination or parking it completely. A much more positive attitude towards these ‘opportunities’ is ‘I get to to do this, I get to do that’.

Below are ten blessed opportunities that my mind can dress up as painstaking chores by thinking ‘I have to’. Today I choose to think differently.

Today I am grateful I get to do some meditation.

Today I am grateful I get to attend a meeting.

Today I am grateful I get to call two fellows.

Today I am grateful I get to do some written work.

Today I am grateful I get to go to work.

Today I am grateful I get to eat healthy.

Today I am grateful I get to go to the gym.

Today I am grateful I get to be honest – with myself and others.

Today I am grateful I get to learn something new.

Today I am grateful I get to think like this.

Truly blessed I am!

🙏🏻💪🏻👍🏻❤😊

Originally posted by Grounding Growth… Thank you for the inspiration!!! https://groundinggrowth.com/2019/06/09/quick-inspiration-to-boost-your-mood-i-get-to/

Gratitude List 10/06/2019: I wish…. but

Gratitude List 10/06/2019

After yesterday’s Race For Life, I wish my mum was still with us, but today I am grateful my dad, sisters and brother are. I’m also grateful that my mum’s spirit is too.

I wish I wasn’t so tired and didn’t have to go to work, but today I am grateful to have a job to go to. So many do not, it can be very tough out there.

I wish I hadn’t had that breakfast, but today I am grateful for my awareness, my desire and the tools I have to help. I also know it could’ve and has been much worse.

I wish I didn’t have to listen to my girlfriend moan, but today I am grateful I understand this is her way to share how she is doing and how she is feeling. This is her meeting.

I wish I had more money so I can pay back the money I owe, but today I am grateful I have a plan which so far is going well. It is all I can do and I accept it.

I wish a certain personal situation was different, but today I am grateful I have a greater power that gave me the courage to do all the things I could and the serenity to accept the things I cannot.

I wish I didn’t have to sit next to my mad colleague at work! But today I am grateful for his happiness, enthusiasm and utter joy he brings to my day – if I look for his good points!

I wish I had worn a coat more suitable to today’s beautiful English weather, but today I am grateful for the coat I have, the shelter I find myself in, and the hot shower I can have later.

I wish a few people I know are unwell were better, but today I am grateful for all the doctors, nurses, health services, surgeons, scientists, researchers, chemist’s etc will do their best to help.

Today I am grateful I am genuinely finding it difficult to find things I wish would be different. Just trying to get across a point.

❤👍🏻💪🏻🙏🏻😊

Gratitude List 09/06/2019: Race For Life

Gratitude List 09/06/2019

Today I am grateful my girlfriend and my daughter are taking part in the Race For Life at Trent Park, London, UK – doing their bit to help beat cancer.

Today I am grateful to watch them get ready, the excitement is building as they pull on their pink vests and attach their race numbers and messages.

Today I am grateful for everyone who partakes in such an event, all the sponsors, volunteers and organisers.

Today I am grateful that rain has subsided and the sun has re-emerged. The weather is perfect.

Today I am grateful that my daughter will be racing in memory of her Nanny Eve – my mum. My girlfriend will be racing in memory of her beloved father.

Today I am grateful for my spiritual growth meaning I strongly believe they will be amongst thousands of other spirits looking down on their loved ones competing today.

Today I am grateful for the relationship my girlfriend and my daughter have. Its so very special and for them to share a special day like this is a blessing.

Today I am grateful for all the doctors, scientists and researchers who work tirelessly to help beat this life changing/ending disease.

Today I am grateful for the inspiration and motivation events like this can give me. It makes me want to do something special too.

Today I am grateful to fell an abundance of love and kindness today.