I was looking for a needle and thread the other day and I came across 6 of my old gratitude journals. I decided to pull them out and read a few of my entries. Two hours later I was done. 6 years of my life. I could decipher where I was in my life by the things I was grateful for. Some days were a real challenge. So different from my journals of today. I don’t stop at just 5 anymore. I fill the page. I even added a “simple pleasure” line. I think I may have found the secret to happiness.
I celebrate my milestones. I always have an event to look forward to in the future. I take a moment to breathe before moving on to the next thing. I savor moments. I do one lovely thing for myself daily.
I really enjoyed taking a look at my past. I realize now how far I have come. I know that these journals have helped me through some rough spots in my life and made me really look inside myself to find joy in daily events.
I walk through life with a smile on. Life can be difficult sometimes. It gets bumpy, what with family and work or lack of work and things not going exactly like you had planned. But I say that is what makes it interesting. That is where the depth comes in.
“Everyone has a story and there is something to be learned from every experience.” Oprah
“It takes practice to hear your true desires. Your passion will often come as a whisper or a serendipitous event that reminds you of what is important and what makes you happy.” Eckhart Tolle
“Happiness is a perfume that you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on your self.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere whole heartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” W.H. Sheldon
entry from 4/20/2004 I am grateful for the color pink, sunny days and books
entry from 4/18/2010 Grateful for coffee. The first cup warms my soul. Parenthood (my new favorite show) Time- for catching up with my magazine reading. Dance Parties with a great playlist made by Jamey with love.
entry from 7/16/2011 Hiking with Villa, lounging by the pool, Harry Potter 6, spending quality time with Jamey
entry from 7/17/2011 grateful for soft tissues that dry my tears. Grateful for a comfy couch, grateful for a sunny day, grateful for only having to take care of my self.
entry from 4/21/2012 We are wireless! Jazzercise. Call from Amy. My new awesomeness maker. Life according to J and V.