While I cannot say that I have been perfect about recording or noticing things, I have done a lot better than I did last year, so that is, in itself, something to be thankful for isn't it.
Earlier in the week our Church Magazine popped through the letterbox and I read this wonderful article written by someone called Lucy, which was all about gratitude. I thought that you might like to read her words.
I don't want to say the name of the Magazine, as that will reveal my exact home address, but please note that these are not my words, and if anyone wants the exact attribution I will be glad to share this by e-mail.
Like many of us, I have emerged from winter battered and exhausted, unable to raise the emotional thermostat from the low settings it had precipitated.
Like many of us, I have started to go back to exercising the "almost inevitable" pause of the Christmas period. Except that this time I have added a simple routine which does not involve getting sweaty or breathless, but it does have a similar beneficial effect on my wellbeing and, if you agree with the butterfly effect, on the world's wellbeing too.
Once a day I find a quiet spot, I get comfortable and I bring to my mind ten things which I am grateful for, counting them on my fingers. Professor Mark Williams, a clinical psychologist at the University of Oxford, states that it is important to get to ten things, even when it becomes increasingly harder after three our four! This is what the exercise is for - intentionally bringing into awareness the tiny, previous unnoticed elements of the day.
Modern neuroscience has proved what ancient spiritual wisdom had recommended for centuries and followers of Jesus are invited to do: saying thanks works.
So I will keep on being grateful for these small things in life. Perhaps not 10 every day, although that is a great aspiration, but by noticing the small things, they add up to great things don't they.
I am joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday.
I wish you all a great weekend with lots of things to be grateful for. I am grateful for you all stopping by here and being such wonderful people!