Gratitude should be a big part of everyone’s day. Yes it’s easy to focus on what’s causing you trouble, or worries. But the real joys in life are often overlooked for the mundane issues that we think of as “pressing“. I’m taking a look at 5 things I’m grateful for in 2020.
This year, it’s safe to say that everyone’s life has been turned upside down in some way, shape of form. Covid-19 has pushed and tested most of us to new limits and it would be easy to simply lie down and say “I’ve had enough”.
But, something that I’ve learned over the course of this year, more than ever before, is to be thankful for all the good things that happen, no matter how big or small.
Whilst journalling everyday for more than 4 months, I’ve tried to learn more about the process and effective techniques. One of them is gratitude. Every now and then focusing your journal entry simply on all the things that you’re grateful for right now.
2020 so far has given me a lot to be thankful for. Some caused by pure chance. Others might say it was the universe’s doing. No matter how it all came about, here are 5 things I’m grateful for in 2020:
1. Spending 4 months with my dad
Realistically, this would probably never have happened again during our lifetime together. I usually live in the UK, he lives in France. We see each other on average 5 or 6 times a year normally. This year, we were lucky enough to end up being locked-down together. I have had the time to enjoy his company, to have conversations that might never have happened otherwise and ultimately spend quality time, just the two of us, like I never imagined would happen again otherwise.
2. Focusing and prioritising my health
During the first couple of months of the year, I realised that life wasn’t what it should be. More importantly, it wasn’t what it could be. My biggest realisation was the state of my health. So, I started back on the 4HB Slow Carb Diet, and before I knew it, I was also exercising daily. Small incremental steps have been the key to making this happen. I started to use the Calm app, and even signed up for the first time in my life to speak to a councillor through BetterHelp. 6 months later, all of this together has helped me to feel at my absolute best, mentally and physically.
3. Reading more – always learning
I talk a lot about the books I’m reading on social media, and I’ve decided to continually update an article 2020 Read More with everything I read. The idea was simple. In December last year I realised just how little I read. I wanted that to change. So it did. Started again simply with I’ll read for 10-15 mins each day. Now it’s a chapter a day minimum, every morning. I love reading. The insights, thoughts, system and processes you learn from all kinds of books are inspiring. plus nothing better than a good bit of fiction or fantasy instead of Netflix.
4. Building a morning routine
I’ve pretty much always been someone that simply wakes up and gets on with the day. I’ve complained about being tired a lot, and although at one stage in my life (2012) that was physical true due to an under-active thyroid, the reality was it was all on me. Sleep was an issue and my mornings were unstructured. For the last 3 months I’ve slept better than ever before, I’m waking up with purpose and I complete my morning routine every day without fail. Journal, Read, Meditate, Exercise and now write a blog post each morning first thing. It’s inspiring, starts my day in the best possible way and gets me ready for anything else that’s still to come.
5. Finding my purpose and desire
I’ve spent years trying to figure out what I really want. I’m sure many will agree it’s not easy. Sometimes we can tell people what we don’t want, but we never really know what WE DO want. That all changed this year. Starting in January when I wrote my personal mission statement. It’s an on-going exercise in being truly aware and focused. But today, I feel more on “the right path” than ever before, and I don’t think that would have happened if it hadn’t been for the events of 2020.
Ultimately, there’s a lot to be thankful for. Try not to focus on the negatives, the little things that bother you. If you can write down 5 things that you’re truly grateful for, you’ll often find there are even more that come to mind. Once you do this more regularly, you’ll find they come to you even more easily. Before you know it, you’re focusing on those things all the time.
How has your 2020 been so far? Let me know in the comments or on Social Media.