Gratitude for viewers here. Gratitude for another beautiful day on Earth. Gratitude that one can recognize and make tough decisions to change the path regardless of hurt, anger, betrayal, sadness, anxiety and depression.
So, in this part of my life, I begin with gratitude as often and as frequently as possible.
It really helps the day get off to a great start to take a moment and think to yourself, what a great thing to be alive today. When you work with gratitude, and sit in gratitude, you often find the most magnificent things appear right before your eyes. A gorgeous sunrise, or sunset, the first spotting of Spring Robins, squirrels chasing each other, bunnies hoping along, a chipmunk with its cheeks so full of food it is hilarious to see them try and squeeze just one more thing in!
Or even gratitude that today you opened your eyes, and can sit up in bed. That you have something to watch or something to play to help you chase away the blues.
Photography - the amateur version - has helped me through some places, and help me capture images I can reflect on later, when I need them.
These are all of the sunset that happened about a week or so ago. Incredible colours and sky that night. I wasn't in a spot to be able to capture the double rainbow that was happening, but these came out beautifully.
It is a lovely thing to have images to return to when you need to lift yourself up.
And since it is fun - I had a little fun with the camera last month too, and came out with a photo or two for you all to see.
Start and end your day in gratitude for the things and events that have happened to you. It takes practice, and there is nothing that says it has to be a massive item. Starting with something like, I am grateful I woke up today is enough to get you going on this. There are days when this will be it. There are days when your cup will overflow with gratitude for the day. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to express and sit in gratitude. You just have to start.
Writing it down helps you see how things are going, and what your mind is seeing. Sometimes you need to reframe the way you look at things to allow you to see them differently. When doors close, others open. When windows close, others open. It does not mean that those doors and windows that closed cannot be opened again. It just means that maybe now is not the time to be focusing on them.
What are you grateful for?