I’m just keeping it real. How is it going with your gratitude journal?
I have been keeping my gratitude journal since May 1st. On April 30, 2015, I invited you to join in. So, how is it going?
I am journaling (writing my thoughts) right before I go to bed because it helps me focus my attention on the good things that happened during the day. I don’t really like to use the word journaling because for some that is the first roadblock and you might say, “I don’t have time for that.” or “I can’t add one more thing.” However, we all have 24 hours in the day and I encourage you to:
- Take 5 minutes to reflect on something that you are thankful/grateful for and write it down. (beginning or end of day)
- Make time for yourself.
- Take time for yourself.
- Keep it easy. (start with 1 thing) You don’t have to write a long list. Just start.
I said that I was just going to start with one thing and I ended up with 3 things on some days because once you recognize the positive things in your life, you will begin to see more and more positive and focus less on the negative.
Here is my journal from this week.
You can see on Mother’s day Sunday, May 11, 2015, I wrote:
- Call from my girls
- nice day
Okay…overall nice day. I spoke to both of my girls on the phone. I could focus on the fact that one of my girls lives out-of-town and the other one works Saturdays and Sundays and always has since she had children. I’m keeping it real! That is very painful but I can’t change it so I accept it and focus on the fact that they called me.
Monday, May 11, 2015, I only have one thing written down, “finish 1st draft of e-book”. I was working on the first draft of my e-book until about midnight and I was just thankful to complete it before my deadline. (You can be looking for the release of that book in the next couple of months. It is about my journey through breast cancer as a working mom, wife, daughter and believer.)
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, was a banner day because I wrote 4 things. I was so excited that my physical therapy for my wrist was good. Sure it hurt but he said that the joint is becoming more flexible. (Thank you, Jesus.) A highlight from that day is watching my grandchildren and Wyatt actually kissed me goodbye, That’s huge. Also, I connected with a friend who I hadn’t spoken to in a while. We get so consumed by technology that we forget the value of a real conversation.
You can see from my entries that I’m just keeping it real, nothing fancy.
So how is it going? Post in Facebook comments or on the blog comments. I want to hear from you.