Back in May I started a gratitude journal. My life was changing and I wanted to focus on the positive instead of the negative (the negative always seems easier to focus on, doesn’t it?). The weather was getting warmer and I was spending my evenings on the deck. I would take my gratitude journal with me, take in the summer evenings, watch my soon-to-be-husband work in the yard and write down everything I was thankful for during the day.
The last time I wrote in my gratitude journal was the 31st of May, my last day of work. After that, life got much busier. I was focused on planning for our wedding day, our backyard reception the following day and everything else in-between. Summer itself is always a big distraction. I found myself outside more, leaving my poor little journal behind in the drawer of my nightstand.
I did a big cleanup in the bedroom yesterday. So big that my husband popped his head in while I was on the bed sorting out jewelry and asked, “Are you okay in there?” During my clean up, I went through the bottom drawer of my nightstand where my books are kept. I finished reading The Help and picked out Safe Haven to start next. Peeking out from underneath Safe Haven was my gratitude journal. I revisited the pages I had written and smiled to myself. I am very blessed. I want to continue to remind myself of this every day.
Every now and then I write my husband a note at night for him to find when he wakes up in the morning, telling him how much I love him (he got a three page note just the other day). But every now and then I need to remind myself of our love, the love of my family and friends and little things that make me appreciate life so much. So starting tonight, I will be writing in my gratitude journal again. It’s such a great little practice to keep.
Every day I wake up, put on the news and am faced with disaster and tragedy in the world. It’s a lot to be hit with before even having my first cup of coffee! It’ll be nice to end the day on a happy note; to reflect on the blessings received throughout the day and to let go and release all of the negativity that we tend to carry with us.