I have two daily reminders set on my phone.
One asks and one tells.
The reminder that asks says: “What are you grateful for today?”
I’ve been answering this question every day since the start of the year and it is surprisingly powerful.
No matter how bad or how good your day is, it gets better when you stop and purposefully think of what and who you are grateful for. Like today, I’m grateful for…
… all the lovely customers who bought shoes.
…the woman at the coffee shop this morning who complimented me on my outfit, which made me feel fabulous. Now I’m looking for opportunities when I can make someone’s day, too, with a genuine compliment.
…the special people in my life who I love and love me (that includes near-15-year-old puppies!).
…that I did get up early today ( because I was so tempted to sleep-in instead!) and I did go for a long walk and that my stubborn Achilles injury is ever so slowly getting better.
…and that I can go home tonight and have an early night, tucked up in bed with one of my many new books.
Thinking about what I’m grateful for relaxes and rejuvenates me. The fact is that even on the most trying of days, there’s always something to be grateful for. It’s in these precious few minutes that everything else dissolves away and you feel somehow lighter. Gratitude does that.
The second reminder that tells me to do something says: “Go and sit in the sunshine!”
This is just a healthy reminder to stop. That’s it … just stop and preferably do so for a few minutes in a pleasant spot.
So I usually grab CC and walk across the road and sit on the timber railings in the park. She sniffs what appear to be some delicious smells and I just soak up some sunshine and watch the world go by.
Again, it’s a precious time, not so much to reflect or think deep thoughts; moreso just to “be”. There’s something seriously fabulous about that.
So, the next time you visit The Shoe Garden, and the Back in 5 Minutes sign is up, look across the road.
You’ll probably see me sunbaking on the bench in the park and being grateful that I can.
Until next time