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I’m grateful for you

 

If you’re reading these words, it means you’re alive. And that means you have a treasure trove of things for which to be grateful.

A quick browse around Waterstones and all the gratitude journals promising to change your life, reminds me exactly how cliched being grateful has become.

So yes ……….I’m going to send you an email about gratitude anyway.

The first thing I do when I open my eyes in the morning is to think about everything I’ve got to get done. I run the list and decide what the big rocks are, and how I’m going to tick those off my list.

The truth is my list can sometimes be overwhelming.

The best way I know to feel less overwhelmed in that moment is to think about all the things I’m grateful for. This seems to put the overwhelm into perspective and reminds me that I’m only one person, doing the best I can.

I’m not saying the world is all rainbows and unicorns.

But I believe that because the world is far from perfect, that makes it even more important to practice gratitude. So in no particular order, here are a couple of things for which I am grateful:

I’m grateful that every morning after I wake up, I get to walk with my dogs to check on the horses, usually in my jimmy-jams. The outdoors and the unconditional companionship of dogs and horses is my sanity and my saviour.

I’m grateful for my family and friends, both of which can be messy, difficult, challenging, and even heartbreaking. But life would be a cold, empty shell without their presence.

I could keep going but then this would be a very long email. Point is, I’m thinking about happiness, and I want to be better about recognising and appreciating all the joy I have in my world.

And at the risk of sounding cloying, I am grateful for you. You’ve invited me into a small corner of your world and life. That is an honour. Your success stories and strength……….they mean a lot to me. And I hope I’ve been able to add something of value to your life along the way.

 
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