The photo that accompanies this post is one that was taken by Sheila Pritchard to accompany her post on the importance of gratitude. Specifically, she briefly reflected on a daily practice she has been doing for years: the end-of-the-day practice of writing down three things she was grateful for during the day.
I’m going to start Sheila’s practice, as I’ve reflected a lot on the last few years of my life, and my increasing realization that I need to take the time notice the many many realities in my life that I need to be grateful for. It’s too easy to get caught up in what’s difficult and challenging, an on what I feel I’m missing out on; or on what’s not working for me as I hoped it would. A column in a supplement accompanying yesterday’s NZ Herald newspaper further underlined this for me.
For other great resources on gratitude I recommend work by Brother David Steindl-Rast (see his TED talk, and his delightful book Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness. The Louie Schwartzberg TED talk is thought-provoking (also, A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude)
See also this book - The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life (to be published August 2015) by journalist Janice Kaplan. A 320-page expansion of what Sheila summarises in her short post, with its accompanying photograph.