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GRATITUDE JOURNAL

January — grey skies, freezing temperatures, cold wind — it is enough to make anyone depressed. Blue skies, sun, green grass — hiding for days. Various vitamins, teas haven’t helped. Since I’m trying to regain some of my flexibility, I’ve committed to exercising EVERYDAY, except for Sunday. I haven’t seen a decrease in weight, and depending on the day, I’m not seeing a change in flexibility yet. But I have just started — I’m not giving up yet. I will admit that the soreness in my knees isn’t helping.

Recently we were at Wal-Mart and I happened to find a daily planner that had pictures to color. At first I wasn’t going to buy it. I already have two journals that I use on a daily basis. I have an inner reflections calendar that tracks the day of the week. It has lovely photos and inspirational sayings. I use it to write down important happenings of the day. I’ve used a new version of the planner for many years.

I also have a weekly/monthly planner in which I log doctor appointments, planned travel and other important notes. It has facing pages for the month — easy to see when we have plans for a specific period of time. I log the titles of my blog — trying to make sure I have something written. The daily pages I use to note the food I have eaten, how many steps I have walked and how much I have slept. I don’t use calorie counts or measurements on the food. That might explain why my weight is staying the same. This is the third year that I have searched for this particular planner. I’ve discovered that having the month in my face helps, especially since now I log in my husbands sugar numbers. It has allowed me to change doctor’s appointments when we have had a conflict.

Since I have these two books — why do I need another? I put the book back on the shelf and explored other spending opportunities. Checking off items on my shopping list, I remembered something my husband wanted. After I found the item, I found myself back in the aisle that had the planner. No surprise, it was in my hand, and checked out at the cashier. I still didn’t know why I was picking it up.

What to do with the new planner? I’ve decided to try something new. I’ve decided to make this planner my gratitude journal. I log in my exercise for the day and earn the opportunity to color a bit of the picture. The space for writing is very small. Sometimes I can easily fill in all the lines. Sometimes I’m digging for anything to write. I’ll admit that almost each day of my life contains something to be grateful for. Especially if I’m out and about. I might be in the right place, at the right time to help someone. I might hear a bird or meet a neighbor. I don’t always remember. Writing them down helps. If the day has been quite, If nothing else, I can always write down that I woke up. I will also admit that I don’t feel the need to finish coloring the picture.

I haven’t been doing this long enough to know if it helps with depression but it is a start.

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Comments on: "GRATITUDE JOURNAL" (4)

  1. I’ve kept journals for years and years and years. I’m not sure if they ‘helped’ me but certainly eased the pain of ongoing depression. Now I do videos like this one if I have any new coping skills to share. Reading helps me a lot. Usually I write for the newspaper but right now don’t feel up to it.

    • Like you, I have notebooks going back for years. I tend to edit my writing so a lot was left out and I keep them private — often very private from even myself. This gratitude journal is different. I ONLY note Things, usually only one sentence, that I’m grateful for. Although I’m grateful every day that I woke and got out of bed, I don’t list the normal, everyday things that I’m grateful for. Only “spirit directed” happenings make the cut. They fly through my life so quickly that I forget about them.

  2. I was curious to start one, I think I am going to follow this closely to see how it works for you. Hope all the best for you!

    • If you have read many of my blogs, you are aware that “I have friends in high places” who “help” me with my life. About three years ago “they” decided that it would be good for me to share with the world. I try to have a ramble post every week.

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