What a year this has been! As always, this anniversary sort of crept up on me. I knew it was coming but this time of year seems to always be so busy that I never find the time to sit down and plan anything special. It was a miracle that I managed to plan a party for my first year anniversary. I am sure that I would not have managed it if it had not been for the gentle prodding of friends.
I like birthdays and last year’s 5-year marker was a big one. I spent the first half of year 6 just being grateful to be alive. Little did I know that 2020 would bring a string of news stories that would make me want to crawl into bed for at least the rest of the year. In the end, I’m still grateful for the same thing: to be alive.
I had been struggling with a sense of boredom when, this past year, I hit another milestone and it was a daunting one. I passed the 2,000 day mark and having spent 1/5 of the time to which I had committed, I wondered: what have I really achieved for the cause of gratitude, in this time? In this past year, I have started a YouTube channel and I have been creating gratitude related content on a regular basis. That trial by fire was a great way to get rid of boredom. But it is hard to measure impact when the goal is simply to practice for a certain number of days. Measuring impact is something I will be giving some attention in the coming year. There is no way to increase impact (except by a fluke of luck) without measuring it.
During this past year, it also became clear to me that I am being called to write the stories of love. I don’t mean some Harlequin romance novel. I mean that I am being called to bring love to the forefront of my gratitude practice. I think I struggled with this idea, initially, because I had been burned by love. But, one terrible romance cannot get in the way of a whole way of being that is at the centre of my spiritual life. And so, I am being called to bring my spiritual path of love to the gratitude table.
I thank you for 6 great years together and I hope that you will continue into the 7th year and an exploration of gratitude and love, together.
For what are you most grateful, today?