And since I'm still trying to get the hang of this, for my first entry this year (and my first entry in almost seven months), I'm gonna cheat a bit and recycle an old journal entry, tweaking it a bit to make it more timely and relevant. It's a list of gratitude journal prompts, my way of trying to get me out of this funk that I've been wallowing in since November. There are 25 prompts, but I think I'll stick with five first - after all, I could still use the others in my next few entries if I can't really come up with anything worthwhile to write about.
1. What made you smile today?
Video call with my parents. Dad just got out of the hospital and I'm missing home so much and I'm just so grateful for the wonders of technology that allow me to see my parents while I'm talking to them.2. What is the one thing you love about yourself?
My resilience. I may get anxious, depressed, angry, miserable, but I always bounce back.3. What are you grateful for and why?
A lot of people actually - mostly my family, for always watching out for one another. Knowing that I could always rely on them, that we could always rely on one another. Pat and Ry too, for being constant in my life, for reminding me to be me for myself, for the gift of friendship. (Come to think of it, Pat and Ry are family.)4. What accomplishments in your life have brought you the most happiness?
Mah Bebe. Raising a kid is not easy, and raising her well has been my biggest accomplishment, and she has brought me so much happiness and love. She has turned my life around, and she has given me a reason for being.5. What is different today than a year ago that you are grateful for?
Our beautiful home. And my relationship with my Byronic Honey.
(Keeping a gratitude journal helps keep things in perspective, especially on those days when anxiety and depression refuse to leave your side.It helps you focus on the good things, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. And when you think there's nothing good happening in your day, it forces you to think again and find something that you're grateful for. And believe me, there is always something to be grateful for.)