30 Days of Gratitude: Day 10

Write down three things in your daily life that you are grateful for.

My cat is the best. She’s a constant companion who just wants the simple things: to be around us, to eat good food (mostly anything that we’re eating), to nap in the sunlight as it comes through various places in the house, and the occasional outside time to explore and “check on things”. She doesn’t scratch up furniture, make messes, and is friendly to any of our visitors.

Our house, not only am I grateful that we can afford it but, I’m grateful that we are slowly making it a more permanent home. Throughout our marriage we have moved around the 2-3 year mark and and we’re both tired of doing this. I appreciate more and more each day, being able to establish and enjoy roots.

Blogs, newsletters, and social media posts from friends, which though no substitute for in-person, face to face time, still allows me to keep up with events and thoughts that they have (at least the ones that they post publicly).

This prompt will repeat several times throughout this challenge.

The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 9

Three good things

Write down three things that went well in your day and (this is important!) why they went well. 
  1. The flat white, from Starbucks, was excellent. I sipped it during the early morning drive to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, where we would spend the better part of the day hiking. The coffee was a great start to the day.
  2. The 7 1/2 hike was not only scenic and relaxing but, helped me get in some much needed exercise. It felt good to be active while soaking in some nature. The sequoia trees were awe-inspiring.
  3. Better night vision while driving home. My new glasses, complete with prescription and better coatings, made a difference. I noticed that things were much clearer that that lights (from cars, signs, etc.) weren’t glaring and blurry.

This prompt will repeat several times throughout this challenge.

The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 8

Set aside several quiet minutes for yourself.

Today, set aside time to do something that you find nourishing, such as meditating, taking a walk, or having a cup of tea. Whatever it is, please leave your phone behind—we want this experience to be distraction-free.

The Screen / Life Balance team

I looked forward to this challenge, thinking it would be much like yesterday’s “music bath”. I chose to sit out on my patio and read a little, while letting my cat out to soak up some sun. And though I do this pretty regularly (the cat always wants some outside time), this was the first that I left my phone inside.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 7

Take a “music bath”

It’s less weird than it sounds. Find a comfortable spot, pick out a favorite song or piece of music, turn off the lights, close your eyes, and listen.

Screen / Life Balance team

This was nice. I fully enjoyed this exercise.

At first, I considered listening to an album, via CD and CD player, in my office (where my only CD player is located) but, then realized that it would be difficult for me to ward off distractions. My office is a place where I’m used to multi-tasking and it’s a “tempting” environment for me, where I would easily get distracted.

So, I dug out the iPod Classic. After charging and syncing it (so it had my latest music), I took it out to my front porch.

No phone (or other device) to distract me, I listened to Sharon Van Etten‘s album, “Remind Me Tomorrow”. While it played, I people watched, appreciated being outside and breathing the fresh air, and was grateful for my time to just sit still.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 6

Today, start the process of writing a gratitude letter.

For this prompt, the Screen / Life Balance team asks that you create a list of “one to three people who have made a major positive difference in your life and whom you’ve never fully thanked”. Then include a few lines on why you are grateful and would like to thank them.

I’m not (yet) comfortable with posting specific names, or why I’m grateful to them, but here are some of the reasons why I am thankful to the ones I have in mind:

  • Giving me a chance when I didn’t need, ask for, nor deserve it.
  • Providing honest feedback and support.
  • Helping me understand that life is not supposed to follow a linear path.
  • Showing me that I’m happier simply liking the things that I like, without worrying about others’ opinions.
  • Saving my life.
  • Buying me my first legal alcoholic drink while we were both at an event that we didn’t want to be at.
  • Being “the extrovert” when I go into full introvert mode.