November is a month I really loathe, it’s dark, cold, often rainy and there are some not so nice anniversaries and it’s when I really struggle as I get seasonally affected. So inspired by Krissie, I’ve spent several Novembers remembering to be thankful, I think it’s a good practice, it’s why I also have the Reasons to be Cheerful posts this year too. Finding the good in your life is a muscle, you only get good if you practice…
My plan is to put up a weekly Thankful post on Saturdays. Fair warning, I’ll be on the sofa for most of November so they might be very boring, they might just be a list, they might be long essays about one of the things I’m thankful about. I don’t know. The marvellous thing about this being my space is that I can do what I like and as I said last year..
…the point of this is to help me quiet the negative noise that my brain defaults to and to shine a light of the good parts of my life that are harder for me to see but are still exactly where I left them…
So on the last day of October, I’m going to I’m going to list everything I’ve been grateful for this week..
- The NHS.
- My mother and that she loves me enough to come over and hoover my floor and do laundry.
- That I have a job secure enough that I can be off work for six weeks.
- Flowers from work.
- Friends who come over and bring lunch and small children.
- Friends who come over and bring flowers.
- Food that is easy to cook.
- Jelly babies.
- My brother volunteering to drive me to hospital next week.
- That my not being able to walk or stand for longer than five minutes is temporary.
- Budgets and knowing how to make one
- Phones, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so I feel I’m in touch with people even when I’ve only seen 4 people, 5 if you include the person who delivered the flowers.
- Hummus because it doesn’t need to be cooked.
- That I made soup before I had the osteotomy.
- My bed.
- Woolly jumpers.
- That the elections in Cote d’Ivoire happened and there was no violence.
- The nephews.
- The BBC in general and Radio 4 in particular.