I don’t do this every year, but I’ve been in a little bit of a funk the last couple of weeks, so it’s time. Time to take the Gratitude Challenge, once again. I know that when I look for reasons to feel grateful, I find them. And I stop feeling sorry for myself. It works, really.
I love fall, I super love rainy days and leaves changing and swirling. I love the coziness of coming home from work at dusk. I adore the chill in the air that gives purpose to all the blankets I’ve made over the years.
But somewhere around the end of October, the newness of back-to-school busy-ness turns into pre-holiday busy-ness, and I start to feel the dusk creep into my mind and soul. The depressive slide starts. I run entirely on coffee and coping skills (someone put that on a sweatshirt, or a mug, or something?). I wake up exhausted every morning, no matter how long I slept. My patience is short, my concentration is non-existent. I’ve been here before, and I recognize the signs. And I know that one of the things that helps me (besides improving my diet and increasing my exercise) is to focus on gratitude.
So that’s what I’ll be doing in the month of November. I haven’t decided if I’ll post my grateful thoughts here on the blog every day, or maybe just a selection of them. I may even scatter them across my social media accounts, to keep things interesting. It is possible to find at least one reason to be grateful every day. Will you join me?