***This is a practice that I have been doing almost daily for 6 years, and often encourage my clients to pick up a gratitude practice as well. We tend to focus on the negative (that’s just how humans are wired), and it can really shift your mood and perspective to intentionally shine a spotlight on what is good in your life. But you can’t just make a list; you have to also say WHY you are grateful. Get creative and try to come up with new and different things every day. I have been sharing mostly on Facebook, where they are appreciated by my friends, but I decided that I should encourage the gratitude practice of many others by sharing them here as time allows.***
Grateful that I’m snug and warm inside the house with the fireplace going on such a blustery day. Grateful that my husband took care of the barn and is now braving the wind and cold and clusters of Muggles to get us (and his mother) supplies, because I am still not up to snuff and do not want to be out there not feeling 100%. Grateful for a negative rapid test because I’m glad to know at this writing that I don’t have Covid. Grateful for the reminder of my vulnerability, because I was getting rather lax with my protections out in public spaces. Grateful for friends who remain my friends in spite of the fact that I am sometimes a bad friend in return and don’t keep in touch the way I should (I’m terrible with returning phone calls). Grateful for dreams and aspirations and things to look forward to, but also grateful for the ability to live in the moment and be present in my life. Life is lived not in the future or the past, but here and now. We forget that sometimes. Grateful for my furbabies, because they have taught me how to and remind me daily about being fully present in the moment. Grateful for my interesting life.