Gratitude List 07/04/2019: Spot-check Gratitude

Gratitude List 06/04/2019

Spot-check Gratitude

06:21am Today I am grateful to be up with my girlfriend. Bright and early, making the most of our day together.

07:35am Today I am grateful to peek inside their respective rooms and see my son and daughter fast asleep and all cosy in their beds.

08:02am Today I am grateful to connect with someone I admire and look up to. A very close friend for life.

08:35am Today I am grateful to catch a coal tit feeding on camera. Another bird to our garden’s catalogue.

09:12am Today I am grateful that my daughter and her friend are having fun together dancing in the living room. Yes 9:12am! Friendship is precious.

09:17am Today I am grateful for David Attenborough and the like who bring the amazing world to our TVs. Its beautiful out there!

10:10am Today I am grateful I can hear my daughter and girlfriend talking upstairs about boys! Love listening to them, they have a great and loving relationship.

10:53am Today I am grateful I thought before I spoke.

11:39am Today I am grateful for the display of generousity, kindness and affection.

11:39am Today I am grateful for the display of gratitude and thanks that followed.

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Gratitude List 31/03/2019: My angel

Gratitude List 31/03/2019

Come rain or shine my mum was (and still is) always there for me. Now in recovery I can attempt to follow in her footsteps.

Today I am grateful I am there for my girlfriend, to support her through her difficult times.

Today I am grateful I am there for my son, to help him through this important stage of his life.

Today I am grateful I am there for my daughter, to receive with appreciation all the love she gives me.

Today I am grateful I am there for my friends, to unite and help them in any way I can.

Today I am grateful I am there for my dad, to listen to him as he shares with me his feelings.

Today I am grateful I am there for my brother, to be ready for if and when he decides to talk.

Today I am grateful I am there for my siblings, to support them and share memories this mother’s day.

Today I am grateful I am there for my fellows, to take (or return) calls to those in need of support.

Today I am grateful I am here for myself, to put in the diligent effort required to keep my ego at bay and continue to recover.

Today I am grateful I am there for my mum, to be connected, ready to listen to her guidance and to receive her strength and love.

My angel

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.