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 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 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 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 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 06/03/2019: Up before the birds

Gratitude List 06/03/2019

A days gratitude

Today I am grateful for the peaceful start to my day. I was up before the birds but I enjoyed the silence around me.

Today I am grateful for my morning prayers and gratitude. For setting me off on the right foot and in the right direction.

Today I am grateful I was ready for the day. I was prepared. I was focused. I had a plan.

Today I am grateful for spending time with a calm colleague. Others can test my tolerance.

Today I am grateful for those others… When I’m with them, I get to practice my tolerance, consideration, acceptance and most importantly – I get to practice seeing the good in people.

Today I am grateful for a successful day at work. In differing ways my job can challenge me. Today we did good and I feel good about it.

Today I am grateful for my commute back home. My commute is three times as long now but it allows me to get some things done. It’s a good time for reflection.

Today I am grateful I can watch football without losing control. If we win I’m not jumping up and down (not as high anyway) and if we lose my serenity and happiness are intact.

Today I am grateful for the lovely meal cooked for me. It was hot, plentiful, nutritious and healthy.

Today I am grateful for another day os short answers on my inventory.