Gratitude List 02/04/2019: Life

Gratitude List 02/04/2019

Today I am grateful for the life that surrounds me. Not forgetting life is a miracle, I look around and its everywhere!

Today I am grateful for the blue skies and warming sun – albeit glimpses! Together they seem to make London a happier place.

Today I am grateful that when I close my eyes and reflect, my thoughts are currently happy and serene.

Today I am grateful to relax and watch the world go by, being mindful of what I can see, smell, hear and feel.

Today I am grateful I am not running away from my responsibilities. I am not escaping reality.

Today I am grateful to walk down the road with no rush or haste in my step. I’m at ease. It’s bliss.

Today I am grateful the song I’m listening to reminds me of Mont Roig, Catalunya. A special place for so many reasons.

Today I am grateful for the smile on my face, the peace in my mind and the love in my heart. I’ve experienced losing all three.

Today I am grateful for my girlfriend’s head resting on my shoulder.

Today I am grateful I am enjoying life.

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Gratitude List 29/03/2019: Seek the positives

Gratitude List 29/03/2019

Flipping the negatives = a change of mindset.

Today I am grateful that although I’m exhausted it’s because I worked hard yesterday and not because I’m feeding my compulsions.

Today I am grateful that although my legs ache (and the hips don’t lie, Shakira Shakira) it’s because of the positive exercise I did yesterday.

Today I am grateful that although I missed some fellowship last night, I got to unite three times in the days before. Where I live, I have opportunities every day!

Today I am grateful that although I have a fear, it’s small in comparison to those I used to create and this one will more than likely be nothing to worry about.

Today I am grateful that although I have another busy day ahead of me, most of it I will enjoy, plus I don’t have to work the weekend.

Today I am grateful that although I am aware I need to improve certain aspects of my life, I have come a long, long way and can use that success to motivate me further.

Today I am grateful that although I picked up my phone to use whilst driving I told myself to not be stupid, put it down and pulled over.

Today I am grateful that although I was caused harm and as a result felt resentment, I know how to deal with it quickly and sufficiently without making things worse.

Today I grateful that although my phone network has packed up today, I have still been able to text and call, plus I’ve actually enjoyed it. Hence the delay in sending this list ;).

Today I am grateful I am able to put a positive spin on negative things. I used to do the opposite.

Gratitude List 27/03/2019: Self-love

Gratitude List 27/03/2019

Self-love – regard for one’s own well-being and happiness

Good morning all. Presently, I am looking after myself – mentally, physically and spiritually and it feels good. I say presently, because I know through a lifetime’s worth of experience how easily it can change. The difference today is I have some tools which I believe can prolong and also enhance this feeling of self-love.

Today I am grateful I am currently eating better. I’ve come to realise how much and how badly I eat in between meals and how insane my thinking can be around it all. Today is just my 9th day abstinent from snacking but I feel so much better for it. I am also aware of trying to fill my body with decent, nutritious food (and drink) that is good for me.

Today I am grateful I am growing spiritually. Whether it be through prayer and meditation, reading inspirational literature or the practicing of spiritual principles like honesty, kindness and love. By doing so I am filling my mind with peace, happiness, gratitude and serenity as well as improving my conscious contact with God as I understand Him.

Today I am grateful I have the willingness to learn. I want to learn something new, like a new language. I fully admit I haven’t properly started yet and it’s all words no action but at least the desire is there. What I am doing on a daily basis is remaining teachable. Life is a daily education and today I am open to learn from both the ups and the downs.

Today I am grateful I have started to exercise a little more. I am conscious of the need to remain active, even if its getting off my chair and walking around a bit, walking up the escalators or doing a bit of gardening. I’ve gone back to the gym but I need to get back for the second time before I lose momentum – I know what I’m like!

Today I am grateful I have started to look after my health by getting myself to the doctor when I need to. In the past I would surpress my fears and simply hope the pain or discomfort would go away. Today I am more willing to get the professional help I need. Next up, the dentist!

Today I am grateful I choose to look becomingly. Well, I wouldn’t say I took too much care at 5:30 this morning but I and my clothes are at the very least washed and clean. I still need to take the time to sort out my crazy hair but it’s a far cry from the dishevelled look I used to grace the world with!

Today I am grateful I am filling the voids of my day with positive action. No longer am I wasting time doing s**t (sorry couldn’t think of a more appropriate word) that does nothing for my personal growth. I have a busy life so these moments are precious to me.

Today I am grateful that if I was to dissect myself right now I’d like to think my body is predominantly full of goodness. Goodness in terms of my mentality, my physicality and my spirituality.

Gratitude List 16/03/2019: The Right Direction

Gratitude List 16/03/2019

Today I have started the day on the right foot. One positive thing has led to another and it’s no surprise that I continued to step in the right direction. So far, today is a good day.

Today I am grateful to wake up and say my prayers.

Today I am grateful for the reflection of the day.

Today I am grateful for connecting with my sponsor.

Today I am grateful for being honest.

Today I am grateful for the healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I did some things I had procrastinated.

Today I am grateful I went to the gym.

Today I am grateful I am doing this list.

Each action has fed in to the next. After this list I will meditate. After that, some more connection with family, friends and fellows. At the same time I am growing spiritually either through improving my conscious contact with God or through the practicing of spiritual principles.

Gratitude List 13/03/2019: Slow down!!

Gratitude List 13/03/2019

Yesterday morning I suddenly realised how impatient I was being. I was undertaking a somewhat innocuous task at the time. From this rather humorous moment I told myself I would make an effort to be more patient for the rest of the day. By doing so, I learnt I am very often in a rush, and for most of the time I have absolutely nothing to rush for.

Today I am grateful I let the microwave reach zero seconds before I took my breakfast out.

Today I am grateful I chewed my food sufficiently before I lifted the spoon again.

Today I am grateful I washed my hands properly.

Today I am grateful I dried my hands completely before wiping them on my jeans.

Today I am grateful I didn’t step into the road just to pass someone ahead of me.

Today I am grateful I waited for the green man.

Today I am grateful I checked the tyre pressures.

Today I am grateful I pulled into the gap and let a car past.

Today I am grateful I undone my laces before I slipped my shoes off.

These aren’t necessarily bad moments, but it did make me chuckle how often I’m impatient. And I do the same things almost everyday. As the day went on, as I resisted the short cuts, I did feel more serene and more present. It occured to me – how can I enjoy the present moment if I’m always eager to move onto the next? Furthermore, my impatience can manifest itself in ways that aren’t so humourous. I’m grateful for this awareness and the tools I have to help me rid myself of them.

Gratitude List 05/03/2019: A days gratitude

Gratitude List 05/03/2019

A days gratitude

Today I am grateful I chose to sit next to someone I recognise on the train to work and interact. My default position would have been to turn, pretend I never saw them and sit at the other end of the carriage.

Today I am grateful I resisted a Greggs or McDonalds breakfast and ate the cereal and fruit that was in my bag.

Today I am grateful I am not procrastinating at work. As a result this means I am currently not stressing about things I need to do.

Today I am grateful I am not living on the streets. I am grateful for this everyday but on cold, wet and windy days it’s more on the forefront of my mind.

Today I am grateful I was there to take a call from a friend who is going through a rough time at the moment.

Today I am grateful I wasn’t rushing around. There were plenty of places I needed to be, but not once did I lose my patience or fear being late. It is what it is.

Today I am grateful I have a space to meditate inside my new home. With door slightly ajar all I can hear is the birds singing.

Today I am grateful I could afford a haircut and look after myself. Recently I’ve been looking a little dishevelled!

Today I am grateful I met up with like-minded people and shared my feelings and how I was getting on.

Today I am grateful I haven’t spent my day with fear and resentment occupying my thinking. Today my thinking is serene.

Today I am grateful I completed my daily suggestions. Suggestions given to me which enhance my spiritual growth.

Gratitude List 17/02/2019: Not going to miss it!

Gratitude List 17/02/2019

A busy day today, hense the lateness of my gratitude list.

Today I am grateful I will not miss a day of expressing gratitude. Doing these lists have meant so much to me and my recovery.

Today I am grateful for this 10 minutes while the dinner is cooking. If I don’t do my list now, I probably won’t get another chance.

Today I am grateful I am not using these 10 minutes to flick through Facebook or Twitter!!

Today I am grateful I enjoy doing these lists. They are non-negotiable but that’s not why I do them.

Today I am grateful for the gratitude lists I have been sent today. Each of them very inspiring and serene to read.

Today I am grateful that this list is already broadening my smile. After this, its dinner and cuddles with my daughter…. And my son if he allows it!