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A month of gratitude

When this lock down first started, I experienced a myriad of emotions, chief among them anxiety and frustration. I craved human contact beyond my immediate family. I even craved exercise, just to beat the stir-craziness of being cooped up. When normally I would love to be at home all the time, it’s a whole different story when my freedom of movement is restricted.

Amongst the swirl of negativity and the daily exposure to alarming logarithmic scales, I knew I needed something to recentre myself. I needed to focus on the positives, rather than worry about what would happen to my daughter if both my husband and I succumbed to the pandemic.

Image credit: Moyan Brenn

I decided to start a gratitude log. I committed to publishing one post a day for a month, forcing myself to reflect daily on things I am grateful for. It would be my form of mindfulness and meditation.

At first, it was a very easy exercise. Within a few minutes, I’d made a list of all the basic things in life that I’m grateful for – family, a place to live, a job, and abundant toilet paper. Then as the days passed, it got harder to find something new to be grateful for. Luckily, Discover Prompts resurfaced just in time for me to find lots of inspiration. Their daily prompts reminded me to be grateful for free music, for being able to work flexibly and remotely, and to give thanks for everyone keeping the supermarkets stocked with food.

So today, I’m grateful that I started this exercise. I’m grateful that I’ve found a way to recentre myself and focus on the long list of positives. And I’m grateful that I had the discipline to stick to my commitment to do a post a day.

What are you grateful for?

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts, Day 29: List.

p.s. how apt is it that the last of the daily Discover Prompts is Gratitude?


3 comments on “A month of gratitude

  1. Therese
    April 30, 2020

    Perhaps it’s my age, but everyday I am grateful for so many things that I have in my life that most people take for granted. Time, is number one. ☺️

    • Penne Cole
      April 30, 2020

      Time is the most precious gift. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  2. The Happy Gwailo
    May 18, 2020

    As the lockdown lifts a bit, and as we take baby steps back to normality, I’m grateful for the opportunity this lockdown has given me to spend time with my amazing family 🙂 I’m lucky enough to share my life with my extraordinary wife (who just so happens to be an extraordinary mum as well!) and the little girl that warms my heart every day.

    I’m grateful for a fulfilling happiness that not everyone gets to experience. And I’m looking forward to lots more of it xxx

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