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.