Gratitude List 10/04/2019: Minute by minute

Gratitude List 10/04/2019

07:05am Today I am grateful that my early start means I get half an hour to myself. Enough time to do some suggestions and start my day off on the right foot.

07:40am Today I am grateful I was able to fearlessly be honest with someone. Gratitude must go to the guidance from a greater power.

08:25am Today I am grateful I can afford to treat my son and daughter to breakfast.

09:07am Today I am grateful for the kisses and cuddles goodbye.

09:30am Today I am grateful I remembered to make an important call. Lately I’ve been forgetting to do important things and it makes me look like I don’t care, when I do.

11:47am Today I am grateful I am inside and not outside on this cold and damp day. My prayers go out to those who find themselves living on the streets.

15:05pm Today I am grateful I filled this void by connecting with like minded fellows and meditating a little more than usual.

16:02pm Today I am grateful I reached out and picked up the phone in hope my moment of temptation would pass. Guess what…. It worked! Again!

20:13pm Today I am grateful for Hugo’s hands. 21:34pm Today I am grateful for Sonny’s left foot. 21:51pm Today I am grateful for the referee’s whistle.

23:13pm Today I am grateful I am picturing my children. The thought has brought a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

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Gratitude List 18/03/2019: Take the time.

Gratitude List 18/03/2019

Take the time.

My list today refers to simple every-day moments. The reason why they appear on my gratitude list is because they haven’t always played a part in my life. My illness was all consuming. Including time. I would rarely take the time to do anything else. Today I have the time, so why not use it.

Today I am grateful I put my phone down, turned the TV off and took the time to play charades with my daughter.

Today I am grateful I took the time to read before going to sleep.

Today I am grateful I stopped what I was doing and took the time to take a call from a friend looking for advice.

Today I am grateful I didn’t act on impulse and instead took the time to choose a healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to say Grace before eating said healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to wish my dad and nephew a happy birthday.

Today I am grateful I stopped thinking about what I wanted to say and took the time to give my girlfriend my full attention when she was speaking to me.

Today I am grateful I recognised a void and took the time to reach out and connect with like-minded fellows, family and friends.

Today I am grateful I took the time to pray and meditate before trying to help my son.

Today I am grateful I grasped the opportunity whilst commuting and took the time to do this list.

Gratitude List 18/03/2019: Take the time.

Gratitude List 18/03/2019

Take the time.

My list today refers to simple every-day moments. The reason why they appear on my gratitude list is because they haven’t always played a part in my life. My illness was all consuming. Including time. I would rarely take the time to do anything else. Today I have the time, so why not use it.

Today I am grateful I put my phone down, turned the TV off and took the time to play charades with my daughter.

Today I am grateful I took the time to read before going to sleep.

Today I am grateful I stopped what I was doing and took the time to take a call from a friend looking for advice.

Today I am grateful I didn’t act on impulse and instead took the time to choose a healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to say Grace before eating said healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to wish my dad and nephew a happy birthday.

Today I am grateful I stopped thinking about what I wanted to say and took the time to give my girlfriend my full attention when she was speaking to me.

Today I am grateful I recognised a void and took the time to reach out and connect with like-minded fellows, family and friends.

Today I am grateful I took the time to pray and meditate before trying to help my son.

Today I am grateful I grasped the opportunity whilst commuting and took the time to do this list.

Gratitude List 14/03/2019: The world WAS my ego’s oyster.

Gratitude List 14/03/2019

Filling the void is easier said than done. But every time I successfully fill it with something positive, especially when temptation wants to take me in the opposite direction, I am very grateful. I’m grateful because I feel great afterwards instead of feeling crap. I know I’ve reflected on this before, but yesterday it happened again.

After work I had a little under 2 hours to myself before my girlfriend came home. Out of nowhere, my mind began to fill with all the things I could do and none were positive – eat junk food, watch trash TV, watch pornography, flick through social media – the world was my ego’s oyster.

Today I am grateful I did something I could have easily procrastinated until the following day. It needed to be done and now it doesn’t.

Today I am grateful I walked home from the station instead of getting on the bus. This gave me time to reflect on my day, clear my mind and appreciate my surroundings.

Today I am grateful I called and connected with fellows. The timing of a call back inspired me to walk past the chippy. No such thing as coincidence!

Today I am grateful I I put the washing away. A job I dislike a lot. But I did it with no expectation of a thank you. It did go unnoticed and I’m happy about that.

Today I am grateful I sat in the garden and meditated. It felt great to switch off and improve my conscious contact with my greater power.

Today I am grateful I prepared dinner for when my girlfriend got home. Cooking is something I love. I’m no chef but enjoy it, especially cooking for others.

Today I am grateful that before I knew it the void had passed. The success of filling this void will add to the strength I need for next time.

Today I am grateful my girlfriend came home to a spiritually well boyfriend and not one, who because of his misdemeanours, would have been feeling low and very touchy if he was questioned about it.

Gratitude List 11/03/2019: ‘These boots are made for walking’…… and these hands are made for feeling.

Gratitude List 11/03/2019

‘These boots are made for walking’…… and these hands are made for feeling.

Today my list reflects on my hands. Not the general use of my hands (although I am deeply grateful) but for the connection I feel.

Today I am grateful for prayer and meditation. When I place my hands together it’s like I’ve dialled in and connected to my greater power. My hands are my gateway to God.

Today I am grateful for holding hands at the end of a meeting. This connection is filled with unity and strength. Whilst united I can draw on this power and play my part in giving back to the flow of incredible energy.

Today I am grateful for holding the hands of my girlfriend and daughter. Through this I can express love more than I ever can with words. Actions speak louder than words.

Today I am grateful for feeling the wind blow through my fingers, the cold biting, the sun warming and the water running. Ever reminding me of nature and the big wide world around me.

Today I am grateful for the warmth and pulse I can feel within my hands. I can sense the activity of life flowing through them. What a power! I sometimes feel like I could lift an X-Wing out of a swamp in the Degobah system.

Today I am grateful for the cleansing feeling from…. yes…. cleaning my hands! It’s like I’m washing away the rubbish, refreshing them and replenishing their power.

Today I am grateful for the simple gestures of sincere support a hug or a simple hand on a shoulder can give to someone in need.

Today I am grateful for feeling my mum’s hand on my shoulder in times when I am in need. A beautiful feeling of love and support.


My daughter and I in Cornwall, UK

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 01/03/2019: ‘A leap of faith’

Gratitude List 01/03/2019

‘A leap of faith’

To me, ‘a leap of faith’ is a step into the unknown. To let go and see what happens. To trust in something Today I am grateful I listened. intangible. To trust in a power out of my control.

My list today reflects on all the defining moments within my recovery where I have taken a leap of faith. Some of these moments were forced upon me, some I was guided towards, some were due to a conscious thought of ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’

Today I am grateful I walked into the rooms.

Today I am grateful I tried to be open-minded.

Today I am grateful I shared my story.

Today I am grateful I gave service.

Today I am grateful I accepted help.

Today I am grateful I made an effort.

Today I am grateful I did what was asked.

Today I am grateful I surrendered.

Today I am grateful I let go of the manageability.

Today I am grateful I became willing to believe.

Today I am grateful I gave my life over to a power greater than myself.

Today I am grateful I faced the past.

Today I am grateful I handed over my fear.

Today I am grateful I made amends.

Today I am grateful I passed on the message.

Today I am grateful I was honest.

Today I am grateful I accepted.

Today I am grateful I listened.

Today I am grateful I chose to tolerate.

Today I am grateful I bit my lip.

Today I am grateful I forgave.

Today I am grateful I made that call.

Today I am grateful I got on my knees.

Today I am grateful I meditated.

None of the above came natural to me. None were in my make up as a person. None made up my DNA. But all of them are now. Each time I took a leap of faith the results were better than I could ever imagine. This gave me the strength and desire to leap again and again. As the results continued to be positive, the faith I was leaping for in the first place, grew in strength. Today I am grateful for my faith.