But you know what – some days are so fucked, the last thing I feel like doing is writing in a fuckin gratitude journal.
“Today I give thanks for NOTHING!”
Some days are like that for me, some weeks are like that too. Sometimes the weeks turn into months and that’s when I find myself well and truly in a ‘too much chocolate and wine rut’. That’s when the pages of my gratitude journal have no bloody hope of getting written on.
Unfortunately for me, (and maybe for you) that’s the time I really need to write in my gratitude journal. To drag me out of my grump; my funk; my rut.
I think sometimes writing in a gratitude journal is a bit like exercise – you know how it’s good for you – but you still refuse to get out of your nice snuggly bed!
Well that’s how I feel about a gratitude journal.
“Whaa, waa, waa. It’s good for me whatever – I’m still not doing it – cos I just don’t feel thankful for fucking anything!”
I reckon a gratitude journal is like going for a run. If you run and are fit – then it’s a piece of cake. (mmmm cake!) But if you are unfit and haven’t exercised in a while, a run is about as appealing as a trip to the dentist.
What we need is the “walk” equivalent of a gratitude journal?
Luckily I’ve come up with a solution!
So, what is it then? (I hear you ask!)
I’ve come up with something called a ‘feeling the good’ journal. All you do is write down 3 things that were good for the day. You don’t have to be thankful for them…. You just have to acknowledge them.
I’m talking about stuff like:
– I got the washing off the line before the rain started
– the dishwasher was empty when I went to reload it
– I got a green light on the way to work
What I found when I started doing this, is that there were things happening everyday that were good, but I didn’t even realise because I had my ‘grumpy goggles’ on. (If you don’t have ‘grumpy goggles’, change grumpy for whatever you want. They could be ‘life’s shit goggles’, ‘everything is going wrong goggles’, or ‘I’ve put on so much weight goggles’ – do you get the idea?)
Then after a while, I actually started to notice the good things happening in real time – instead of at the end of the day when I wrote them down. It was like someone cleaned the lenses on my ‘grumpy goggles’. I started to feel better, and get a more balanced view of what was actually happening in my life and realised it wasn’t all bad – there were actually some positive things happening too – (thank fuck!)
By this time I was starting to get “fitter” and just like you think you can run 5kms now because you’ve been walking for 3 weeks, I thought I’d try writing in my gratitude journal again.
After the second attempt it was then I realised “hey, I’m not a fitness freak! This little chicky is not made for running!”
So I’ve decided I’m happy with walking for now and I just stick to my “feeling the good” journal”.
Only problem is… they don’t sell “feeling the good” journals at Kikki K…. yet!