I'm big on making lists: grocery lists, wish lists, to-do lists... the list goes on. Something about writing out my desires, needs and tasks brings me comfort. The thought process goes like this: now-I-have-a-plan-so-it-will-be-okay. But, I also find it necessary to write Gratitude Lists. I actually keep a Gratitude Journal; every night I write down the things that throughout the day I was entirely grateful for. Ten things that made a difference in my day. It's never very specific, often just one word will suffice but it's a good way of keeping myself humble and never taking things- or people- for granted. It's easy to completely engulf yourself in grief over the things you don't have or even the things you wish you could give others. When I was younger, I remember crying every single day. I recall very specifically the moment I thought, "I don't remember the last day that I didn't cry at least once." Granted I am a very emotional person by nature, this struck me as disturbing. Was I really so enthralled by self-pity? It was then that I started my Gratitude Lists.
Today's Gratitude List:
1. My Mother.
3. Feather Pillows.
5. Ian, and the amazing father that he has always been.
6. Granola Bars.
7. Curious George.
9. Fabric I fell in love with-on sale for $1.00 a yard.
10. My Son, and the lessons he teaches me every day.
What have you been grateful for today?