I’ve been feeling a little off-kilter lately. Nothing really dramatic or life altering has happened, except for a whole pile of change all at once – the move, the new job, and then changes within my job. But no one has died, no one close to me is sick, I’m not questioning my fundamental beliefs. Even so, it can be hard to maintain perspective when everything just feels mediocre.
I was telling a friend about this feeling through the week, and she suggested that I spend some time each day writing down three things for which I am grateful. If I’m totally honest, I kind of scoffed at the idea at first. Over the next few days though, it stuck with me and on Friday, I found myself purchasing a notebook (this set of mini books from Kikki K, to be precise) for the specific purpose of writing out three things that I’m grateful for each day. This is only day three of taking those five minutes, and it’s already one of my favourite parts of my day.
Already, my perspective has shifted from ‘everything is average’, to ‘how lucky I am.’ I’m grateful for the smallest, silliest things – pink nail polish, laughter with friends, convenience stores that are abnormally well stocked – and the biggest things – my loving, generous and supportive family, my reasonably good health, and my freedom and rights as a young woman in a Western country.
So, if you’re feeling a bit flat, or things aren’t quite how you thought they’d be or how you want them to be, you should really consider keeping a list of things for which you are grateful. Without getting too soppy, I’m considering making this a running column each week to help us all keep perspective. With that in mind, I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for at the moment. x