There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
I agree with this sentiment. In my life there is always something to be thankful for.
I struggle with chronic clinical depression. One of the worst effects is that it makes me sluggish, especially at the beginning of the day. As well as taking medication I have a number of strategies I employ in order to make my day as bright and productive as possible.
Each day when I drive down the street for the first time in my car I think of five things I am thankful for. As a Christian I thank God for these things but if you are not a Christian I think the exercise of recognizing there are things to be thankful for can be important in keeping positive.
What am I thankful for today?
- I am thankful that I have a whole day stretched before me without anything pressing so I have a chance to catch up on things.
- I am thankful that my daughter R has been enjoying her trip, caravanning around Australia and that she is safe.
- I am thankful for the relationships I have with both my daughters and their partners.
- I am thankful that Jasper the grand-dog has stayed well over the past 10 weeks while I have been looking after him and we have not had a trip to the vet as we usually do.
- I am thankful for P:-). I'm not quite sure what I would have done without him the past few years.
Sometimes I don't feel very thankful for anything. I just want to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head. But the exercise of thankfulness always makes me more positive. It is a discipline I have acquired over the years. I find that I need discipline and routine in my day, both physically and mentally.
So today I decided to do something physical and took Jasper the grand-dog for a walk.
There is a bit of a hill to negotiate and I have been pleased to find I wasn't quite as unfit as I thought I would be. (It's a few months since I did a walk around the block. I shall have to try and make it a more regular thing even when I don't have Jasper.) Of course we walked quite slowly, stopping to have plenty of sniffs and mark territory along the way.
On my walk I pass this wonderful letterbox covered in lichen.
My letterbox is sturdy but rather plain metal and cedar.
The rocks nearby are covered in beautiful lichen, so perhaps I could get some to grow on the wooden sides of my letter box. I have found a way to encourage the growth of lichen on wood. It doesn't look too difficult so perhaps I will give it a go.
The moon has been bright the last few nights. Here are some pictures of the the moon through my mango tree taken last night.
I took this photograph from the top of my street when I took Jasper, the grand-dog for a short walk.
Jasper is till with me for another 3 weeks.
I shall miss him when he goes but he is a very needy dog - and I am such a pushover when it comes to little dogs.
Contemporary version of the traditional wagon dwelling.
Train in Hanoi, Vietnam