I first came across this idea as Project Gratitude through a fellow blogger, Writing Ruth. I had looked for a way to cherish and acknowledge some things in each day that I appreciate. So much of what I feel in a day rushes through me and I am often left overwhelmed. This list is my daily reminder of what those little aspects are, and how each day has worth. I am thankful for what I have and where I am, but it’s easy to be complacent or to feel ‘not good enough.’ By being more focused on the little bits that make up my bigger picture, I hope to share more peace with my day. I will archive my daily reminders and post them at month’s end.
1. having the day off (thank you Canada!) — the hot weather — finishing my run — lots of d0-nothing time — that my husband took my daughter to see fireworks while I went to bed.
2. less sugar — reading funny commentary — not having to wear so many layers — coffee visits — picking up my kids.
3. emails with photos from travelling family — the man who held the door open for me –the extra bag I brought to buy groceries — my favorite yogurt — my favorite yogurt on sale.
4. slow day at work — leaving early — clean floors– enjoy my dinner — my coach recognizing how tired I’ve been.
5. running with my husband — taking it really easy — lots of rest time — kale from the garden — lots of me time.
6. my son’s humour — his positive energy — his help with groceries — not being so scheduled — sleeping in.
7. green lights in traffic — healthy choices for lunch — giving my daughter options she could accommodate — being patient with my feelings — chocolate.
8. my son’s exuberance about his cooking camp — recognizing when I am overwhelmed (even if it may not appear like it) — being mindful — finding parking.
9. an easy run — a (legs only) dip in the ocean — dogs and their funny personalities — dogs on the beach — spending time with my kid.
12. going for an easy, sunshine-y run — taking the time in my day to take care of me — being able to also fit in activities for the kids — riding the train — afternoon rest.
13. chocolate and almond power bars — running with friends — living in such a scenic and accessible place — mango popsicles — beach time.
14. sunshine — yoga — predictability — decaf coffee — an end to the day.
15. resisting temptation — strength in choices — accepting me now — my son’s comment when we were brushing teeth “boy, I have a handsome smile!” — my daughter’s steps towards independence.