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mixed media journal cover
It's been nearly two months since I've written in this little journal. I do plenty of journaling between the blog and my creative process notes, but I have to remind myself that this little book serves a specific purpose.
And I need to come back to it.
Each night before bed I write down five things I am grateful for. Some days bring amazing gifts, other days small blessings and simple joys. There is always something to be thankful for. This daily practice encourages me to focus on the abundance in my life rather than on what is lacking. It is a time to reflect and acknowledge what is working. For me, this is a great shift in attitude from being hard on myself and dwelling on disappointments. Gratitude is a positive attitude.
I love this quote from Melody Beattie:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."Today I am grateful for:
1) a quiet day of catching up
2) avocado season
3) a new tutoring student
4) the baby possum that climbs the tree in our yard (My hubby says I can keep it.)
5) finding my gratitude journal in a pile of dusty books