At the beginning of this month, I took up a #thanktober challenge. In essence, I started a journal page titled “Today I am Thankful for…” and set a daily reminder at 1930hrs. With this, I get to take some time every evening to think back to the day’s events and write down the moments that I am thankful for.
At a time when my life is moving super fast and there always seems to be something that needs to be done, I am glad that I get to pause and reflect. There are some tough days when I see my #thanktober reminder and I am not even sure I have anything to be thankful for.
I figured the best way to do this challenge is to just think back at that little, not-so-obvious thing that made me appreciate my existence on that particular day and just be thankful for it. Here is a snippet of some of the things that I have been thankful for since I started this challenge:
3rd: Today I am thankful for good music that helps me forget my anxiety, and for friends who I can tell about my struggles and laugh them off with.
8th: Today I am thankful for the outfit that I was in. I looked and felt so pretty. It is in the little things!
10th: Today I am thankful for my fellow EiTs. They are super friendly. I really enjoyed our impromptu karaoke session this morning. I am thankful for this little family that I have made here in Ghana.
I think that this is an amazing way to feel alive and appreciate life even on days when everything seems to be going south
I am, therefore, extending this challenge to you too. Take five minutes at the end of the day to think of the things that you are thankful for.
While there are some days when you might have to search a little dipper, the truth is that every day brings along something to be thankful for. You see that moment you smiled or ate a meal so good that you had to get a second serving, or you got the courage to finally speak to your crush, or maybe you listened to your favorite song. Maybe you had a bad day but thankfully you had someone to talk to about your struggles.
Whatever your situation is, there is always something to write in your gratitude journal as long as you are breathing. Find that thing, don’t let it go unnoticed!
Happy reflecting and writing!