This ROW80, I’ve been gone for quite a while, so I’m diving back in, but I’m diving in slow motion. I’ve only got some vague goals for this month: blog frequently, write frequently, outline a novel for NaNoWriMo in November. Next month, of course, my goals will change to focus on NaNo, but for October, I’m trying to get back into the “thinking about goals” mindset again, now that I can see.
I have my homekeeping tasks on Habitica, and my health tasks, like walking with my sister-in-law on dialysis days, first thing in the mornings. Currently, we’ve been rained out once, but we still got two of the three days, so huzzah! My “off” days are usually full of doctor’s appointments and the like, and I have to start slow and build up my walking, same as I have to start slow and build up my goal-reaching.
I’ve been building the habit of writing at least one thing that I’m thankful for by the end of every day. Some days, I admit, I’ve skipped for tiredness, but most days-about 9 out of 10-I write several things that I’m thankful for. And the rule is it has to be something I’m truly thankful for, not just something I “like”. It has to have a profound meaning for me at the time, even if it’s something as simple as that one chocolate chip cookie I had, or whatever. I mean, just think about it; we actually have chocolate chip cookies in this world! How wonderful is that!? And I had one! Ooooh, aaaah! What a wonderful experience, to feel the chocolate chips melt in the mouth, to taste that sultry, dark sweetness, mingling with that delectable chewy cookie goodness. Wouldn’t you be thankful for that right now? If so, write it down. A gratitude journal like this one I’ve been building has helped my outlook improve dramatically! So has seeing again, but I mention that just about every day in my gratitude journal. Did you know, just the other day I realized that I could see the individual blades of grass in the yard?! Or yesterday, while I was out, I saw the fur coat of a rocking horse, not as “brown stuff” but as individual hairs with swirls and flow! It was illuminating! Every day, I SEE things I haven’t seen in so long that it’s like remembering a dream; nothing but rough impressions, punctuated by crystal clear images. Imagine still being so very thankful that you can SEE! I can look back through my gratitude journal and recapture my joy at seeing a bird in the trees, or seeing the leaves on the trees for that matter. Seeing ladybugs on the plants! Imagine that!
Anyway, the link below leads to an excellent article on the value and worth of keeping a journal. I suggest you go read it and see if it moves you to keep one yourself. Click on through, and then maybe come back and let me know what you think?
“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the…