As part of my mini challenges for 2019 I have just completed Appreciation April! During the month of April I would write down each day at least 5 things that I appreciate or am grateful for. It could have been things that happened during that day, or it could just be more general.
There were evenings where I would forget to write down my 5 things. I am a stickler for habit, and may be bordering OCD but I would tell myself that it is ok if I missed a day. The world is not going to come to an end. If I felt the need I would add a few extra appreciation points instead of just writing 5.
What did I learn from Appreciation April?
That it really is the small things that count! Obviously not big and grand things happen every day, but the little things that occur each day can be the things that bring a smile to our face – blue skies, birds chirping, an elderly couple holding hands, a kid stomping through the autumn leaves in his gumboots. All of these small acts fill up happy spaces within your heart. I found that reflecting on them and really taking the time to write about it and appreciate it made me more aware of what was going on around me throughout the day.
So what’s next?
I am so excited for this one! For 31 days I will be participating in mindful meditation. I will be doing a short meditation in the morning to set off the day and a longer one in the evening before bed. Will report on changes, and anything that I have noticed at the end of the month. Please feel free to join along and share your experiences too!