Over the past few weeks, I’ve had to remind myself a few times that an “Attitude of Gratitude” is vital in life. I’ve always been a positive person and have kept a Gratitude Journal at times, but lately I’ve been having trouble seeing the good things around me.
You see, I’ve been facing a few personal challenges, with several health issues cropping up at once, as well as a temporary lull in my freelance workflow (thanks to an election at the end of financial year #DoubleWhammy #SmallBusinessFreeze). Thankfully, tests have been positive so far on the health issues and the workflow is now exploding!
The reason I mention these issues is that, with the combination of these two things, I started to feel sorry for myself and had several days where I fell into a deep funk and started to doubt what I’m doing. Despite having an awesome financial year (the accountant was stunned when I showed him my figures!), I began to question the direction of my business and my ability to continue to grow it. One well-meaning friend suggested I may want to go and “get a real job”… as you can imagine, that didn’t help improve my mood! Having to wait days and weeks for test results and follow-up doctor’s visits only compounded the problem.
The ironic thing is that I have plans in place to develop some passive income so that I don’t have to panic when there’s a quiet spot in my workflow – this is a normal and expected part of being a freelance writer, and I need to work on those projects, but I’ve been in such a funk, I really couldn’t be bothered. I couldn’t even bring myself to go through my “Gratitude list” at the end of the day, where I usually go over 5 things I’m grateful for. I just tossed and turned until I eventually fell asleep, feeling sorry for myself.
Thankfully, over this past week, things have greatly improved, with positive test results so far (still waiting on a few more – which I feel confident will be OK – yay!), and all those clients who held their breath over end-of-financial-year/election time are again booking jobs in – double yay! So things are certainly looking up.
My doctor has strongly suggested that I need to lose a few kilos to guard against future disease, as I’ve won the genetic trifecta with heart disease, diabetes and cancer all popping up in my genes. One of the biggest risk factors for all these diseases is having weight around your stomach, ahem. So I’ve been up early and out for a walk every morning, as well as going back to Weight Watchers. The walking is quite meditative and I’ve enjoyed a few stunning sunrises. I’ve been enjoying the company of the pelicans down on the river too. There’s something about seeing a beautiful sunrise that just sets you up for an awesome day, especially when it inspires you to express your gratitude. I’ve found that focusing on what I’m grateful for and having a positive attitude attracts more positive things into my world.
Last night, our neighbourhood had a street party. We always have a Christmas Party, but this year, we decided to have a gathering in winter and have a bonfire – shhh, don’t tell the fire brigade! We’re very lucky to live in a quiet cul-de-sac with just 25 houses in the street. While we don’t live in each other’s pockets, it’s great to know you have neighbours who you can call if needed and who look out for each other’s children when they’re playing in the street, as well as watching our houses for petty crime! This is such a welcome change after our previous experience of living next door to not-so-nice neighbours (that’s putting it mildly!).
Our 13-year-old son just loves a party, and he took it upon himself to organise last night’s street party. After planning the date to suit as many people as possible, he designed and printed invitations, dropped them in everyone’s letterbox, and bought a pinata and filled it with lollies for the kids (from his own money). Yesterday afternoon, he was busy setting up the tables, the music system and lights, as well as the fire pit and timber, ready for the fire. Apparently, his FitBit told him he’d done over 20,000 steps last night!!
We all bring a plate of food to share and our own drinks, so catering is easy. Yesterday was unseasonally warm for winter – 29 degrees! Way too hot for a fire! But once the sun went down, the temperature dropped (down to 8 degrees!) and the fire was welcome to warm our toes. The kids toasted – or rather burned – marshmallows in between playing hide and seek in the dark – a rare treat as we don’t make a habit of allowing our kids to run around after dark! Everyone shared a laugh and had a great time catching up as we all have busy lives and don’t really have the opportunity to chat very often.
Now that I seem to have broken out of my funk, I’de like to express my gratitude for the following:
- I’m grateful that I have had a wake up call on my health and am now focused on losing weight and improving my health
- I’m grateful that, in my first week doing Weight Watchers, I’ve lost 1.6 kilos – woohoo me!!
- I’m grateful that I live in a beautiful place, where I can walk safely and freely and I’m able to enjoy nature
- I’m grateful for our gorgeous son who, despite his own challenges, is a selfless, smart and generous person
- I’m grateful for our wonderful neighbours and friends
- I’m grateful that I have so much to be grateful for 🙂
Do you think an attitude of gratitude helps your outlook on life? What are you grateful for right now?
Linking up with Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit for the Lovin’ Life Linky