Acknowledge and write down 3 reasons to be grateful
1. Cheese. All sorts of cheese. Cheese with wine. Cheese with wine with biscuits and fresh bread. And cheese, wine, biscuits, fresh bread and grapes. Additionally, perhaps also chutneys and olives and pickles. But mostly cheese.
2. Learning and growing and knowing that getting older is a blessing. My current job involves a commute through Lewisham and Catford, a part of SE London where I’d lived in my 20’s. The area has changed but enough remains to prompt memories and feelings of that time. I was the same person inside but, at that point in my life, I was so full of self-doubt and insecurity. I’m not sure exactly when I realised that I was no better or worse than anyone else but it was certainly long after I’d finished Music College and had talked myself out of being musically ambitious. I did work, but never proactively sought performing work. I was fortunate that mostly one job led to another. I remember reading a June Whitfield interview in The Stage newspaper and she said that she had worked consistently for decades because, “she was no bother”. I’d have to say that this is probably the same reason that I was able to move from one job to another. So, for #2, I am grateful that my current circumstances have brought me to old haunts and half-forgotten memories.
3. The sun is shining, the bus came early and I’ll be home 2 hours earlier than I would have been, if I’d stayed at my last school.
WILL YOU JOIN ME IN THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE?
On the surface I seem fine but I am just like you, dealing with the challenges that come my way.
Life can be one struggle after another and you can begin to wonder why you bother.
Do you ever feel that you invest too much time and energy in people and activities where your efforts are unrecognised and, perhaps worse, taken for granted?
I don’t seek praise or validation but I do need to learn where best to focus my efforts.
In a bid to maximise my time and bring more positivity, I have been searching for inspiration online.
TED talks are consistently life affirming and there’s nothing better than pouring a glass of wine and settling down to catch a few of these talks on Netflix or YouTube.
One of the talks recently was about changing your perspective and refocusing by finding and acknowledging the positives, whilst letting go and not dwelling on the negatives.
So, in a bid to reprogram my mind, I will take the 21 Day Challenge. Apparantly, after 21 Days, this thinking will become automatic.
This is not to say that I’m a negative person, far from it, but I am like anyone else; when faced with a solid, constant barrage of challenges, I get exhausted and feel my motivation begin to drop.
So, here is what I will do:
Acknowledge and write down 3 reasons to be grateful – 21 Days
1 email or message of gratitude – 21Days
In addition, I will continue to watch TED Talks, spend time with people who Uplift me, focus on what is needed to move forward by assessing what it is I really need and prioritise positive thought over negative contemplation.
The great thing about this initiative is that even before writing down my first reason to be grateful, I am buzzing as I mentally begin to consider all the many wonderful people in my life.
Damn it, I have so much to be grateful for!
WILL YOU JOIN ME?
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