The Pandemic has made me crazy. Wait. That’s not true. Those closest to me (and some casual acquaintances) will tell you that I have always been crazy – but the months of working from home and being quarantined with two other adults in a smallish house have morphed all my “amusing quirks” into full out madness.
I’ve spent the past few
weeks months struggling to write, to get dressed, to not eat everything in the refrigerator. Today I’m happy to say that I’m up, I’m dressed (sweatpants are pants, it says so right in the name) and I’m back on the “eating healthy and exercising” track (but only because I ate all the ice cream yesterday).
Yesterday the little voice in my head reminded me that we cannot change our circumstances, but we can change our perspective – and I realized that I needed a brighter outlook. I needed to focus on the positive, to stop playing in the pit and start dancing in the rain.
(what I really need to do is stop speaking in trite/clichéd phrases, but that’s a lesson for another day).
In a “There’s no such thing as a coincidence” moment Suzie Speaks’ July Daily Gratitude Challenge dropped into my newsfeed yesterday (daily challenges at end of post). She introduced her challenge by saying:
“We all have those days when things seemingly go from bad to worse, but when reflecting we all have things to be grateful for every day, however small they may be. In an effort to inject a little positivity, I decided to set myself a Daily Gratitude Challenge for the entire month of July, and I am inviting everyone else to join in. I try to be as mindful as possible by taking the time to be grateful for the people around me, the lifestyle that I lead and the positive things that have happened in my day when filling out a Daily Gratitude Journal in my Bullet Journal. I find this enormously helpful when it feels like the world is imploding.”
Full disclosure. I tried keeping a gratitude journal way back in the old days when Oprah first spoke on the importance of gratitude. It lasted a day. I got bored. I got busy. I thought it was silly/stupid/a waste of time. As the mother of a tweenager, I didn’t have much free time (and what I did have was spent sleeping).
But I am willing to try again. What is it they say? Insanity is doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different outcome (which reminds me – who are they and why do they keep saying things?). In an attempt to move into the light, I am willing to try something new (or, in this case, revisit something old).
I’m a day behind, but Suzie told us that “The challenge is open to anyone to join in at any point” and that “You don’t have to participate on the actual day itself to write about a topic in the list.” So I am going to ignore the little voice that’s telling me that I’m too late to join the party and tackle Day 1: What small things have made the day a good one?
At 20 years old and 5’9″, she’s not so small, but my daughter always makes things better. My husband and I are amazed by her big heart and sweet soul, and in awe of the person she’s becoming. I will always be grateful that I became an accidental mother. We are definitely #blessed to have her in our lives.
So what are you grateful for?
For those of you who are interested, here are the daily challenges:
Day 1: What small things have made the day a good one?
Day 2: What about you makes you special?
Day 3: What moments and memories are you grateful for?
Day 4: What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Day 5: Who are you most grateful for?
Day 6: What challenge are you most grateful for overcoming?
Day 7: What travel experiences have had an impact on your life?
Day 8: What books are you most grateful to have read?
Day 9: What are you looking forward to?
Day 10: What traditions and events are you grateful for?
Day 11: What are you grateful for at this moment?
Day 12: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
Day 13: What is a luxury you’re grateful for?
Day 14: What songs or pieces of music are you grateful for?
Day 15: What elements of your job are you most grateful for?
Day 16: What hobbies and interests are you grateful for?
Day 17: What are things that make you smile?Day 18: What food brings you joy?
Day 19: What make your home… home?
Day 20: What risks are you grateful for taking?
Day 21: What are your favourite affirmations?
Day 22: What lessons learned are you most grateful for?
Day 23: What makes you feel safe?
Day 24: What random acts of kindness are you grateful for?
Day 25: How do you show your gratitude to help others?
Day 26: What movie are you most grateful for?
Day 27: What place make you happiest?
Day 28: What is something in your life that you didn’t have last year?
Day 29: What aspirations and goals do you have?
Day 30: What are you most grateful for this month?
Day 31: What are you most grateful for this year?