Looking at a photo of a favourite place, seeing it again, feeling how it felt to be there. Remembering gratitude..
Each morning a great way to start the day is think about what you are grateful for today.
Just take a minute to list a few out loud if you can or quietly in your head.
Celebrate them and be thankful for them.
They can be small things and ones that are true to you.
Notice how this makes you feel.
Let it become a habit for you by taking a minute a day for 21 days by asking this question each morning.
Time passes by so fast and it is a while now since I added to my gratitude site.
So today, a true short story for you, from our recent holiday. We were wandering around a little town in Spain, exploring the sites and enjoying the sunshine. When we came to a small Spanish bar and decided it was time to have a drink and a sit down.
My partner went off into the bar and I settled down on a shaded table waiting for a nice cold drink.
An elderly gentleman approached the table and headed for the chair next to me, where our bags were, so I indicated the other two spare chairs and smiled. He was obviously a local as he knew the staff and asked for his drink – I couldn’t understand what it was as my Spanish is very basic.
My partner returned just as all the drinks were delivered to the table. The gentleman reached into his wallet and indicated all three drinks and gave the barman the money. When the barman returned he confirmed the gentleman had also paid for our drinks.
We tried to converse with the elderly gentleman but he couldn’t speak any English and our Spanish was too basic. Se we shook his hand and thanked him. This complete stranger had bought us both a drink. We were so touched by his kindness.
Once he had finished his drink, the elderly gentleman left us and waved goodbye. We stayed a little longer then headed back along the road. I kept my eye open in case we saw him again and sure enough further down the road he had stopped at a café and had in front of him a plate of chips. We waved hello to him and smiled, he waved back.
Sometimes, in a magical moment, gratitude comes back at you in the most unexpected way. I will remember this for a long time, as it was so special and so kind. I send this gentleman a big gratitude hug and wish him well.
Taking a walk in our beautiful countryside is one way of having time to think about all the things you are grateful for – big and small. Admiring the flowers and the shades of green across the fields is amazing. The gently breeze and the bright sunshine lifts the spirits and makes the day feel so special.
The different types of majestic trees, the sound of the birds singing and the rugged pathway through the countryside – it’s there for all of us to enjoy, when we take a moment to get out there and make the most of the day.
I am so thankful for today, it is a new day, sunny, friendly, embracing. I woke up with a smile on my face. I am grateful for everyone that cares about me, spends time with me, remembers me. I send out thanks into the world today for simply being here.
Where did you come from
And where did you go
I felt your presence
Going to and fro.
I searched for a reason
As I walked along
Some words came to me
And created a song.
So precious and mysterious
Gratitude you came
When I least expected
Very much the same.
I listened to your message
Wrote a note or two
Send them to the universe
And right out to you.
Thank you for the mystery
That this life can bring
All the joys and laughter
And the birds that sing.
Thank you for today
The present to unwrap
Exploring all the elements
Bringing them all back.
Thank you for this moment
And the focus it brings
Something special now
As the bells do ring.
Thank you for this little ode
As it came to me
Writing it all down
So we can simply be.
(By Kim on 30th March 2017)
It may seem strange to say this, ‘Gratitude Always’. There is something so magical about the impact that Gratitude can bring into our lives. It can be a random act of gratitude that we don’t really think about, that brings about a huge change.
Share a happy thought today with someone you don’t know very well, give them a gift of listening, share a story of gratitude that will warm their hearts, simply give a spring flower to someone, say a big ‘thank you’, greet someone with a big smile – whatever, works for you today. Stretch yourself daily to find a way to build your ‘Gratitude Always’ into a way of life.
Feel the difference as your Gratitude muscle strengthens.