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The Art of Being Grateful

I think it’s been so long since I’ve made lists that now that I’ve written a couple in the past few days, I can’t seem to stop. Also, I love it. Would I be me if I didn’t love a good list?

This is a bit different to the past few days. I need to save all of my other blogging words for tomorrow’s post, as tomorrow is officially my last day of blogging everyday for a year, and I would like to have a good post about blogging to finish off the year.

What I’ve been thinking about today is that when life is unknown it’s so easy to fall into negative thinking. Instead of doing that, I’d like to talk about what I’m appreciating about this ‘unknown’ time;

1. Early mornings with no rush

I love the feeling of waking up early but knowing you’ve had enough sleep. There’s no alarm, you just open your eyes and you’re ready for the day. The sun is shining, and you’re alive.

2. Late mornings with no pressure

But I also love the feeling of waking up late and having no plan for the day. You wake up early, but then you simply roll over and slip back into Dreamland like you never left. When you do finally get up, you check the time and it’s late and you can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief. You’ve done it. You’ve lived the best life there is. One where you don’t have somewhere to be.

3. Embroidery

As I don’t really have places to be right now, I’ve enjoyed doing some hand sewing and finishing off those small sewing projects I’ve had in my cupboard since the dinosaurs roamed the earth. I’m currently embroidering a large white tablecloth, and it’s so relaxing. I sit on my bed and sew whilst listening to a good playlist. Is there anything quite like this?

4. Decorating

I like setting up my room so it suits what I feel like. I like putting new things on the walls and packing away the old. There’s something so lovely about walking into your room and enjoying the space.

5. Exercise

I can’t believe this is on one of my lists, and one of things I appreciate. Seriously, who am I? But in all honesty, it feels pretty good to even do twenty minutes a day of exercise. It feels so good when you’re not completely sore, but you can feel your muscles move; it lets you know you’ve done something good for your body.

6. Reading the Bible

Now that I’m no longer living in a Christian community (though I am in a Christian household), I was worried that I would lose some of what I’ve learnt over the last two years. Instead, I’m finding that I like reading the Bible more than I ever have, and I’m more confident in my praying. Maybe it’s because there are less people to compare myself to? I’m not sure. Whatever it is, it’s doing something good for me and Jesus.

7. Games

For the past few nights, my family and I have played a card game at night time. It’s a nice way to spend the night, because it doesn’t take so long that I have no time for anything else, but it means I’m not just sitting in my room all day doing nothing. And it’s fun, if not a bit stressful at times.

8. Having a Good Phone

Texting took so long on my old phone, but with my new smartphone I can easily message the people I’ve moved away from

9. Candles

Candles! Enough said.

10. Growing plants

Although, I have to say, my basil plant isn’t going well. There’s still hope though; even though he’s a bit wilted, he’s a bit green too, which always helps. At least I have hope, you know?

Well, there’s my list of things I appreciate right now. Especially now. Thinking positively sounds really cheesy, and very trendy (which is partly why the term doesn’t appeal to me much) but in principle, it’s true. It’s something that people write for their New Years Resolutions and all that cliché stuff, but when you think about it, it’s a resolution for a reason, right? People see something in it that’s worth having in their own lives. I don’t think of it often, and I don’t usually try to intentionally implement it into my life. But at times like this, it’s nice to reflect on.

Sarah xx

P.S. I’m also grateful for rain. Always rain.

4 thoughts on “The Art of Being Grateful

  1. If your basil dies then I blame Eggling and its Japanese creators, not you. Also, I went to pick my basil today and it was alllll dead. A combination of heat and snails I think. So you’re not alone! (That’s IF it dies….)

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