I had a bit of an emotional, sad slump recently and to try and redirect my thinking in a more positive direction I decided to do a “30 days of Gratitude” exercise by doing a daily post on Facebook of some of the many reasons I have to be grateful. I’ve done this before (that was another blog Jerry) but it was long ago. It does help to focus your attention on your blessings.
I did not think in advance about what I would express my gratitude for, it is not like a “hierarchy of needs met” list. I also hope it wasn’t like an Oscar Acceptance speech where I forgot to thank someone important. I would just briefly close my eyes and then whatever popped into my head was put on my list! I decided to capture them all so…..Tah Dahh!
Day 1: I started a new project today and in the current economic climate I’m grateful to have a job in a career I enjoy ❤️
Day 2: I am grateful for my 3 wonderful children. They are good, kind, loving, intelligent humans. Beautiful both inside & out ❤️
Day 3: I’m grateful for my lovely, handsome and kind husband who loves me just as I am ❤️
Day 4: I’m grateful for my Mom and that she is still here to know my children ❤️
Day 5: I’m grateful for our lovely, cozy home. A warm, strongly built home that withstands the crazy Cape Town weather ❤️
Side Note: this one was written on a day when the weather was insane and the wind was howling.
Day 6: I’m grateful that I’m going to have a new daughter soon ❤️
Side Note: This was posted on the day I discovered my son proposed to beautiful Amber.
Day 7: I’m grateful that I get to wake up to this view every day ❤️
Day 8: I’m grateful that I have a reliable, safe car and don’t have to cope with the train & bus strikes & dramas ❤️
Day 9: I’m grateful for my health (note I said health, not fitness🤭😂) ❤️
Day 10: I’m grateful for all of the wonderful people who have been teaching me my culture but I’m especially grateful to my friend Gerri who has been so generous & loving with me on my path ❤️
Day 11: I’m grateful for my 5 animals, they all have such unique, quirky personalities ❤️
Day 12: I’m grateful for Weekends ❤️
Day 13: I’m grateful for sunny afternoons in beer gardens with friends ❤️
Day 14: I’m grateful for the beautiful but bizarre little village I live in, full of odd quirky misfits much like myself ❤️
Day 15: I’m grateful for my cousins. As an only child your cousins are often your only playmates (especially when you live miles away from anything interesting 😂) ❤️
Day 16: My timeline is full of my friends’ heartbreak & tragedy so today I’m just grateful. Oh so grateful ❤️
Day 17: I’m grateful for my psychic and empath abilities ❤️
Day 18: I’m grateful my marriage is not constrained by gender norms. Aka I am happy my husband can cook ❤️
Day 19: I’m grateful for social media. I’ve still got many friends from my MySpace days and some of my ‘real life’ Cape Town friends I first met via Twitter events. Most of the women I share my most intimate stories with on a daily basis I met via Covet Fashion groups! ❤️
Day 20: I’m grateful that I’m going to be coming to the US to see my family for Xmas & NY! ❤️
Oops I missed a day! 🙈 In that case……
Day 21: I’m grateful for the water filling our dams.❤️
Day 22: I’m grateful for the drought in that it taught us all the value of every precious drop of water!
Mni Wiconi 💦 💧❤️
Day 23: I’m grateful for my amazing bed #MemoryFoamThingysFTW ❤️
Day 24: I’m grateful for the beautiful majestic mountains around me. ❤️
Day 25: I’m grateful for the beautiful oceans that surround us.❤️
I’m so lucky that I live in such a beautiful place ❤️
Day 26: I’m grateful for the arts and artists. Actors, Dancers, Singers, painters, sculptors and all of the other people who devote their lives to creating beauty ❤️
Day 27: I’m grateful for all of those who love me ❤️
Day 28: I’m grateful my husband’s flight made it safely home (eventually) ❤️
Day 29: I’m grateful to be alive ❤️
Day 30: I’m grateful for all of my Ancestors. Thank you Grandmothers. Thank you Grandfathers. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin 🙏