Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
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.
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?
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