Lesson 47: I am grateful for…

Podcast Ep. 1

Hello darling readers,

how are you this dark and cold night? Or if you are in Australia …warm and balmy day?

Let me please take a moment to express how much I hate little plot bunnies, which hop into your head just as you are about to fall asleep.

Oh Inspiration – you are but a fickle beast, toying with our minds and depriving us of the rest we need.

Photo by Matheus Henrin from Pexels
I was intitially looking for a character depiction of “Inspiration” personified – but this will do!

However while lying in bed, the word “Gratitude” somehow came into my mind. I think it was probably because it’s a very prominent topic on my phone right now – I have the “Gratitude” app and I am also testing out a self-care app called “Finch” – which is extremely cute. Self-Care + Gamification + Cute little penguin = satisfied Laura.

Finch is Duolinguo’s less passive-aggressive cousin.

So let’s talk about gratitude and the powerful effects it can have on one’s own well-being.

Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

Marcus Aurelius

The question we can ask: are we grateful because we are happy or are we happy because we are grateful?

Personally the feeling of gratitude often happens when I am feeling uncomfortable or negative, I stop and analyse my surroundings and think of something that I am grateful for at that moment and I am rewarded with a little bit of inner sparkle.

This week I have tried to be mindful of being grateful. It’s not easy – sometimes we are so absorbed in our negativity or in the stress of life, that we completely forget to stop and just say…thank you.

Photo by Ann H from Pexels

Please allow me to indulge you in what I was grateful this week.

This week I was sitting with my work colleauges at lunch. They were discussing Xmas plans. I was then asked “Oh what about you Laura? Are you still going to the UK?”.

“No”I replied “I’m staying here this xmas”

“Alone?”

Before I could answer, another co-worker said “Before you’re alone, you are always invited around to our place for xmas”.

I am not particularly close to this co-worker. We don’t work together very often – yet she opened up her home to me on Xmas.

I am grateful for the kindness and compassion for others.

Last night I was walking in the cold to the tram station, the rain falling on my face, shivering and feeling generally bleugh I looked at my coat and thought “Wow…I am so happy I am wearing this coat and I am not completely freezing.

I am grateful that I can afford possessions which keep me comfortable.

Tonight I was able to get lost in a book – I allowed my mind to drift away and to put the stress of the week behind me.

I am grateful for the education which I received, which allowed me to read.

What are you grateful for? Tell yourself before you tell me. Or tell me, if it helps you tell yourself 🙂

On that note – good night (I am grateful for warm fuzzy socks and a warm comfy bed)

Thanks for reading,

Laura xoxoxoxo

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