Gratitude

In September of 2018 a friend of mine introduced me to the concept of listmaking. Listmaking is the act of making small sequences of things. It can be anything, even seemingly nonsensical thoughts that “pop” into your head. Many people are familiar with listmaking by way of the “to-do” list.

For twelve days we used listmaking to remind ourselves of things we were grateful for which had occurred or which we had thought about during the day. I found that it had an impressive impact on my daily mood. I continue to remind myself of the things I am grateful for regularly. My friend and I still send one another messages containing within them the things with with we are grateful for. I have copied down my lists from those twelve days for your consideration, along with some links which you might enjoy.

Try cultivating a gratitude practice with someone. It could be your parent, your sibling, a friend, or a lover. It is a simple act that can have a powerful impact on your emotional well-being.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” 

~ Ralph waldo emerson ~

September, 1, 2018

September, 2, 2018

  • Openness and compassion
  • Honey
  • Natural silence

September, 3, 2018

  • Family and the ability to connect with and support them
  • Tea and the sense of history and cultural relation that comes with it
  • Russian folk music [I was listening to this song at the time]

September, 4, 2018

September, 5, 2018

  • Being able to drive my neighbor to work
  • Sharing good conversation (over tea)
  • Koi fish

September, 6, 2018

  • Connecting with customers at the nursery
  • Thunderstorms
  • The quiet of an unfamiliar place

September, 7, 2018

  • Empty beaches
  • Cold water
  • Aloe

September, 8, 2018

  • Cool gusts of wind from the sea
  • The ability to connect non-verbally in the absence of a shared spoken language
  • The friendship of neighbors

September, 9, 2018

September, 10, 2018

  • Cool breezes
  • The company of a cat
  • Time spent reading a good book

September, 11, 2018

  • Giving myself time to enjoy the natural silence around me
  • The comfort of returning to an old book
  • Dictation software

September, 12, 2018

  • Train Rides
  • Reconnecting with friends
  • The fact that I do not live in the city

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