Yesterday I enjoyed a lazy Sunday morning and used some of my downtime for self-reflection. As I mentioned in a recent post, I intend to spend the next few “Monday Musings” reflecting on 2012. With the holidays upon us, it felt important to focus time and energy on those things I am grateful for.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we begin to think about goals and/or resolutions for the new year. In order to set these goals, an important first step is acknowledging what you have and what you have achieved to date. Gratitude informs us as to whether or not we are on track with our current goals. If we’re feeling positive about our relationships and lifestyle, this is probably an indicator that we are aligned with our goals. If we’re having difficulty cultivating an “attitude of gratitude,” this suggests that we may need to take some time to consider what may or may not be working in our lives.
There are many ways to practice gratitude. You can make a list, journal, visual journal, compare notes with friends. I did a combination of visual journaling, and writing in my altered book. Upon review of my gratitude list, I noticed that four different categories emerged. The first category consisted of things that were obvious and expected:
- A job that allows me to practice art therapy
The second related to activities that I enjoy doing frequently:
- Trips to Michael’s
- Girls night out
- Curling up with a good book
The third was the superficial and material things that make my life easier such as my iPhone. Since I am on a minimalist quest, I am pleased to acknowledge that this was the smallest category. Finally, the fourth category was the most abundant and included simple pleasures that make the everyday special:
- Lighting candles
- Home cooked meals
- Hot tea
- Christmas trees
- Fall colors
- Altered books
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving..?