November and January are my least favourite months I view them as dark months when it seems to be black and grey most of the time. Cold and damp in November and cold and snowy in January. This January saw me in the first week in my usual doom and gloom about the month ahead. Then I read a magazine article about this woman who for a year had noted on a daily basis things that she was grateful for. And I thought what a good idea so I started. At first I wrote my things to be grateful for down in a notebook but then gradually I began to share them on my Facebook page.
On a good day it has been relatively easy to think of something to be grateful for in fact quite often I have more than one thing to be grateful for. On these days I feel blessed to be honest. But actually its the days when things don’t go so well that I find being grateful for something in the day cheers me up or gives me the will to keep on going. Even if that thing that I am grateful for is simply my bed or a hot bath. Realising that you are grateful for them makes you all the more appreciate them. My lowest moment when I did take my things to be grateful for to my notebook was during a throat ulcer virus as it tended to be things like grateful that it’s not as sore as yesterday or that I have got through the day. https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/year-of-the-throat-ulcer/. Not sure people wanted to read my moans on a daily basis.
It’s now been ten months since starting my daily grateful list and its been a very valuable exercise as its taught me that what I am grateful for in life is not material goods but my family, the dog, friends, where I live and nature.
This got me thinking how you change over your life. Now I don’t actually enter the national lottery and do realise as the advert goes that you need to be in it to win it. However hypothetically assuming I did. I realise that in my 20’s I would have wanted flash car, house and luxury holidays. In my 30’s it would have been ability to spend more time with the kids and a Spanish villa. Today it would be the ability to enjoy my home with my family and explore my writing skills and research my family tree. As the things to be grateful for have taught me life isn’t about the accumulation of material goods it about living.
PS – Would also give the majority of the money away and buy a bakery in St Boswells for my husband! Maybe I should start buying that ticket.