My Year-end (Year in) Gratitude: An inventory (I know, I know. You can eyeroll here, if you wish)
It seems like there are two camps when it comes to taking year end inventories: some hate them; some love them. Do you like looking back on the previous year on New Year’s Eve or Day and pondering all the things that happened during the past 365 days? And then planning for all the things you aspire to in the following year? First, I will come clean: I love inventories of all kinds–seasonal, fiscal, health, annual, ritual–and I also love making New Year’s aspirations. I haven’t called them resolutions since I was a younger woman. Matter-of-fact, my two favorite holidays are New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
This morning I got out my 2018 Gratitude Journal and looked at the last page. I always write the next day’s date when filling out my list the night before, as an incentive to remember to return again to count what I’m most grateful for that next day. Even though I’ve kept a Gratitude Journal since about 1995, some days I do forget.
The page said:
December 31, 2018–whoa. Was that fast or what? The years have sped up as the numbers of candles on my birthday cakes increase.
My Gratitude Journal
I flipped through all of the journal’s pages that brought me to this one in front of me. I noticed so many of the dates had recurring entries. Many of the things I was most grateful for were the same things over and over, although I did not realize this when writing them out each evening. I decided to make a list of the top repeating entries and then very unscientifically, I did not go back and count each one, see which ones repeated the most. I narrowed it down to the top ten and chose what I think to be the top entries on my gratitude list of 2018.
What I found was everything I was grateful for (no surprise here!) ended up being all the “little things,” the “simple things,” the “free things in life.
The List in no particular order (ok, ok, YES, my kitties won top gratitude billing!):
Spending time with Chuck, our daughters
Observing wildlife–birds, squirrels, foxes, worms, snakes, frogs
Practicing self care
Walking in the woods
Writing and submitting articles, stories, and also other writerly pursuits
Weather and sky (this one surprised me! I didn’t know I appreciated rain, snow, drizzle, fog, stars, moon, sunsets, sunrise, rainbows, wind so much)
Pretty Penny helping me decide which calendar to use this year. She likes the polar bear.
What were you most grateful for in 2018? What aspirations do you have for 2019? I’m certainly grateful for each of you who take the time to read and comment on my blog. Those who support and cheer me on in my writing endeavors. I aspire to keep up with my blog a little better this year. I am implementing a plan to get back on a schedule of blogging regularly and reading my favorite blogs–all of yours, of course! I also aspire to spend 2019 in an easeful (my word for 2019) manner, getting my work done without the struggle, anxiety, and perfectionism that I sometimes allow to step into my writing room.
So, here’s to more kitties, nature, reading, walks, family time, writing, self care, comfy home-life, gardening, rain and rainbows!
Happy New Year, friends! May you all be happy, healthy, safe, and free of suffering!