I signed myself up for Catherine Price‘s “30 days of gratitude” challenge. A big part of my (mental) health efforts focus on slowing down, taking things in as they happen. Some people call this “living intentionally”. Some might call it “living in the moment”. Regardless of the label, I want to do it. I want to get better at it. I want to get to a point where I’m doing this instinctively.
Every day for the month of November, I’ll be writing and posting to the challenge’s daily prompts.
Often, I feel like I lose track of time. That time is moving “too fast” and that I don’t always retain a solid memory of things, events, and when they happened and who they happened with. My theory is that I’m taking way too much input in and not taking the time to process anything.
So, using the “my brain as a computer” analogy, I’m downloading a ton of information and just throwing it into random files on the hard drive to be reviewed later, thinking that is “processing” when it’s really just moving things out of sight, out of mind.
I don’t want to do this anymore. I want to be meaningful, intentional, and to enjoy things again.
It’s appreciation for things that you are thankful for. It’s another, deeper, level of being thankful, where you take the time to understand why you’re thankful for something, be it a person, an object, an idea, etc.