Late last week, I received some medical news about a very close member of my family. The good news is that the situation was caught early and in this case, it's treatable, with a near 100% chance of a full and complete recovery. The not-so-great news is that treatment will be somewhat protracted and uncomfortable. And so, while I keep reminding myself that it's all going to work out in the end, for the past few days I've had this low-grade current of worry permeate my every waking moment.
As a result, I'm feeling compelled to ramp up my gratitude practice. As I've mentioned, I've never had a problem coming up with something to be grateful for; but recently, I'm going out of my way to make something good happen each day, so that I can remember it at night before I fall asleep.
Some days, it's just doodling and messing about in my journal. (Okay, a lot of days it's just doodling and messing about in my journal.)
Other days, it's buying myself a grocery-store flower or two.
Yesterday, it was a vat of cappuccino and a cake ball.
I have to say, it has been really, really comforting to have these little moments to think about as I drift off to sleep.
How about you? Do you ever do anything to intentionally inject a little shot of awesome into your day?
* If you're curious about what some of the things I've been grateful for have been, I share photographs of them every Friday over at my Babble Blog, Bliss Your Heart.