I have been adopting a new morning routine which incorporates being grateful. This has been wonderful waking up every morning and spending 5 minutes taking time to centre myself and then write a list of what makes me grateful. They range from my beautiful sons and what they may have said or done; the church bells; the birds outside my window – the list goes on.
Yesterday wasn’t the same though. I was most ungrateful to have been woken by my neighbour and his hobby of knocking up bits of wood just before 7am and I was not impressed. It’s interesting how one thing that’s out of sync can knock me back. I groaned and tried to go back to sleep. I have to say that my bedroom window is still open for another month and that my room gives over the back yard which is penned in by 4 other neighbours so one can hear everything.
Gratitude – how important is it and how easy is it? It’s simple when I’m doing well and on top of the world but boy oh boy, it’s a hard slog when I am not feeling good about stuff. So how important is it? I realised yesterday that I really have to go beyond the sounds of my neighbour doing his woodwork at 7 in the morning and keep myself centred in me and not lose the gratitude thread. If I depend on silence and sweet sounds of birds to feel grateful, then I am in trouble!
The day did get better. I was grateful for the social security office to be efficient and give me the paper I needed. I was grateful for Guillem in the bank to be enthusiastic about his job and love doing new things like my insurance claim. I was grateful to dry my washing on the line. I was grateful to be organised and leave supper ready for the boys as I went off to Palma. And I was extremely grateful to have so much fun and laughter in my improvisation class in the evening.
I learned a valuable lesson in improv yesterday and that was to be present and trust in myself, my partner or situation of the moment. I shall take that lesson with me today and the rest of the week and apply it to whatever situation I find myself in. I am grateful above all for the lesson.
Enjoy your week and being grateful is the first step towards a better life!
And remember to smile, be grateful that you can!