Tuesday, 20th November, 2018
Prompted by my Beltaine contemplation, I have entered into a daily gratitude practice that I plan to uphold through until the Summer Solstice.
I made the decision to share these daily on Twitter, using the following hashtags:
#grateful #gratitude #dailygratitude #gratitudepractice #gratitudechallenge #attitudeofgratitude #gratitudeattitude
Join me there! @FabienneMorgana
I thought I would share them here once a week as well.
My goal is for at least one a day, but if I have more, then I will share them across however many tweets necessary (limited characters and all, you know!)
Daily Gratitude Practice List (Since Beltaine)
- Grateful for connections: both via social media / virtual & in person / face to face.
- Hot water
- Running water
- Flushing toilets
- Heating / cooling
- A waterproof roof
- Weatherproof walls
- Clean water
- The physical & mental ability to *deal* with life, chaos, and unexpected events involving hot water services.
- I am able to problem solve: water supply off, gas off: so that the unexpected bursting of my inside hot water service didn’t take on epic proportions.
- I am often critical of my body… nearing 50, I am no longer as robust / flexible / strong / lean, etc. etc. as I was in my mid-20s. However, I am still physically able to respond quickly enough that the ensuring flood did not breech past the laundry.
- I am flexible enough to do all the bending and stretching to mop up the mess.
- My hearing is good enough that I heard the water service go pop and start spewing forth it’s contents.
- Did I mention electricity? Email, phones.. I was onto my real estate; I was able to make 5 points of contact. This would not have been possible without modern communication.
- My real estate. Onto it. Response within 30 mins, and I am optimistically confident this will be resolved tomorrow. Loads of rental managers aren’t this responsive. This was pre-emptive… they seemed like they were onto it. There was a marked lack of action resulting in much further prompting: so this became more about a gratitude that I had the energy to chase, and chase them again.
- I am incredibly grateful that I was home when my hot water service popped.
- Gratitude that I had further days off to continue to deal with the situation.
- Hot chocolate,
- Sense of humour.
- Gratitude for all who serve; all beings – those with two legs and others.
- Grateful for all those who have served.
- Tradespeople in general.
- Hot showers.
- Fixed hot water services!
- Grateful for all those whose lives have allowed me to live my own. Those whose names we know. Those whose names are forgotten, lost in the oceans of time.
- I feel so fortunate to be able to make ends meet, even if I have to stretch them really hard sometimes.
- Gratitude for the kindness of others when I haven’t been able to make those ends meet.
- Formal, official recognition / commendation for services rendered.
- Feeling happy for no reason – it’s worth celebrating. Too often we are preoccupied or obsessed with being busy instead of taking time to smell the roses.
- Compliments of the ‘you are looking really well’ variety. I have had a lot of low level ill health over the last three years – so that kind of compliment means a lot.
- Late Spring Fruit: mangos are appearing, and the berries are bloody marvellous!
- My car: Portkey, my chariot! My car has always been a symbol of independence.
- Said vehicle is also representative of a labour of love. My x rebuilt the engine last summer to get Portkey back on the road – simply because said x knows I love this car so!
- Initiatives like World Kindness Day: a gentle reminder to be kind to all kinds, and that kindness matters. To me, that means kindness to and for ourselves as well as others.
- A good night’s sleep.
- Unexpected breakfast treats from housemate.
- News of a long wished for pregnancy (someone else’s, obviously!).
- Old friends
- Happy memories
- A complete day of rest – unplugged.
- Grateful for the purring of contented, loved up cats.
- Gratitude for the ability to take time for self care – particularly around emotion filled anniversaries.
- Days off!
- Employment that is meaningful.
- For things and beings that inspire me.
- Fresh sheets!
Photo of Purple Poppy, also known as the Animal Poppy.
World Kindness Day illustration by Artist Sandra Boynton
My now defunct hot water service.
Helen Braewood says
I liken what you wrote as gratitude to “an ode to the good ole water heater”! Dianysis wreaks havoc! A great read. Thankyou. Helen
When I put the list together after doing it independently each day, I did have a chuckle to myself!
It was surprisingly rewarding to compile the list after the first week.
I do like that title however!