This evening, I have been sitting out on the balcony, in the early evening sunlight, with a notebook and pen, compiling a list of happy, positive memories and experiences.
In the past, when I’ve written a gratitude list, I’ve always found it hard to sustain a feeling of happiness and appreciation for each person or item on my list for more than a few seconds. It’s not that I’m not grateful for those things, I really, really am, it’s just far easier to get into the feeling place of happiness and gratitude when you can relive and replay a memory in your mind, with all the associated feelings, sights, smells, sounds and tastes that go with it.
When I began my list this afternoon, I worried that I didn’t have that many amazing or stand out experiences to write about, but then I realised that they didn’t need to be anything particularly impressive, they just had to mean something to me.
And once I got started, the slow trickle of happy memories soon became a fast flowing river. I couldn’t even write fast enough to get them all down, as one after another they burst forth from my mind.
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In the end, I came up with 40 memories to feel grateful for, and I intend to add lots more to my list as they come to me. I loved every minute of this process and it was just what I needed today, as I’m still not feeling the best.
Here are just a few of the memories on my list:
* Seeing Saturn through a big, powerful telescope when I was a child. I was in absolute awe (still am) at how it looked so perfectly like the pictures I’d seen in books, and how I could clearly see the rings.
* Catching my first glimpse of Uluru (Ayers Rock) glowing red against the bright blue sky, as my plane came into land.
* Helping to deliver lambs when I was on work experience from school at a local riding stables.
* Watching the super moon rise the other night with my Mum.
Day 159, Reason 159: Today I am basking in the glow of so many happy memories.
“We don’t remember days, We remember moments” – Cesare Pavese
206 days to go
206 reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful to find
£238.68 to raise for Save the Children
The Pollyanna Plan is making such a huge difference to my life and it would give me great joy to be able to pay this forward by making a difference to children’s lives around the world. My target is to raise £365 for Save the Children for 365 days of finding 365 reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful.
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Thank you from the bottom of my heart.