I recently spent a week in Normandy, France with my little family. It was our first time away as a family of three. At the same occasion I revived my gratefulness practice. I had started it over a year ago. I used Instagram to share moments but also and mainly wrote in my journal. I did this very thoroughly for quite a long while, taking the time every day to write down what was meaningful to me and what I was grateful for.
This was especially powerful after my son was born. It helped me see the beauty in every day and keep it close to my heart. Beyond that it helped me see beyond the challenges and more difficult times as a new mum. And it’s beautiful to go back and reread my journal entries.
But, yes there is a « but » of course, after I went back to work in April, I kind of lost the practice. Some days I would write in my journal, on rare occasions I would post a picture on Instagram. I kind of lost sight of it though and wasn’t motivated and I felt uninspired. Even though it was hard to go back to work full time only 4 months after my boy’s birth and even though many not so nice things happened since going back to work, I have tons to be grateful for.
And I guess that is what the gratefulness practice is really about: seeing the beauty, the love and the uniqueness of life every single day amidst the daily grind and all the crap.
It’s easy (which is good, don’t get me wrong) to post nice pictures and write down what’s beautiful when I am on holiday and no one and nothing is bothering me. Doing the same in my everyday life is whole other story but that’s where it gets interesting and really meaningful.
So I invite myself and all of you to practice being grateful on a daily basis. At the end of your day, reflect on your day and think of at least one situation/person/thing that you are grateful for. Never mind what happened during the day, find one thing. It doesn’t have to be super philosophical or spiritual. You don’t have to twist your brain to come up with something. It could be as simple as « I am grateful for a yummy lunch » or « I am grateful for my husband helping with the dishes » or « I am grateful the sun came out today ». So no excuses accepted. You don’t even have to write it down, although that is nice because that way you can keep and go back to it. But you could just think of it at night before going to sleep and finish your day that way.
Up for it? Let me know how it goes.
Credits: Photos by Maud Hansen, Handlettering (on first picture) by Linda Dieschbourg.