#DailyWritingChallenge Day 8: Gratitude

Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’, is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts. 

Gratitude is an Attitude – it is said that by practising gratitude and being grateful that we will be happier. So today, make a lit of everything you are grateful for, it will remind you of all the good things you have in your life.

Today I am grateful for…

My home – I moved into my new house last year, it is my sanctuary. I feel safe and secure here.

My lodger (and his girlfriend) – I have lived by myself for a long time, I love my own company, quiet and stillness. I have Airbnb guests occasionally, one asked if he could stay for a few months whilst he found somewhere permanent, he moved in the week before lockdown was suggested – he and his girlfriend are in isolation with me. Luckily they are lovely!

My garden – I know I am lucky to have outdoor space to escape to when I get cabin fever.

My family – I live a few hours away but we talk regularly – we are a small, close knit family, there is a lot of passion and a lot of love in the relationships with parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins.

My friends – I have a lot of people who love me in my life, they are looking out for me, checking in on me.

My neighbours – moving into a new development, we have all bonded, I have people either side of me and we are all looking out for each other and checking in regularly.

My health – we take these things for granted, but I am healthy, fit and well.

My happiness – I am a hopeful optimist, my class is half full not half empty, I keep holding on to the Silver Linings of our situation.

My job – transitioning out of school leadership and headship was hard, but I have a secure salary, for now.

My old teams – the staff I recruited who are keeping the children I admitted to our schools safe and supported during these tricky times.

My devices – I take my technology for granted, it is my gateway for survival and for staying in touch with everyone.

Today I am also grateful for…

The NHS – the community clap last night made me go a bit teary, the sense of the united appreciation and collective effort to combat the disease overwhelmed me.

The teaching profession – all of the colleagues I have worked with, trained and know through education.

The weather – the sunshine has helped us all with our moods in the last week, it encourages us to get out for a walk/ some exercise and some air each day.

If I could hug everyone and everything I am grateful for I would, for now a virtual hug will have to do.

#DailyWritingChallenge #Gratitude

Published by Ethical Leader

Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Speaker and Writer. Experience of teaching schools, initial teacher education, mentoring & coaching, diversity and equality. Passionate about integrity, ethics and values.

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