Three things to be thankful for today
Some days it is really hard to find anything to be thankful for when we feel overcome by the darkness and fog of depression. If I look hard enough, I can find something to be thankful for.
I would like to encourage others to write down three things they are thankful for, and to realise there is a sense of hope available to us all. Sometimes it is just a little hard to find!
So my three things for today are:
1: The lovely singing of birds in the morning as they welcome in the new day
2: The ability to read and write
3: A lovely hot shower.
Wishing all the "family" in BB Land a day full of noticing the nice things in life. Kind regards to you all, from Dools.
I'm grateful for:
- A group of Pacific Island workers who are staying close by. They do their traditional singing which they are doing right now. It is so, so beautiful. They have been singing quite regularly so it is like getting free concerts. Sometimes they go until after midnight. It is so soothing and comforting and just lovely.
- The mental health summit I'm watching. I just watched a session with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer on self-compassion. They had some practical exercises at the end to help be calming and caring towards yourself, including putting your hand to your heart, the side of your face or giving yourself a gentle hug. Kristin also demonstrated a fierce self-compassion that we might sometimes need to protect ourselves, where we can hold a fist to our heart for a feeling of strength but with our other handle cradling it. It's like protecting ourselves with strength. They are both such lovely people doing important work.
- Overcoming an emotional challenge today relating to a relative. I avoided going into rescue mode with this person as I might have done in the past. I'm learning when I need to leave someone alone rather than respond to them wanting something from me and then not reacting when they experience distress if they don't get it. Simply, I'm learning not to be manipulated by other people's emotional insecurities which are not mine to carry, and to be compassionate with myself through that process while still holding them with compassion as well, but not getting drawn into their emotional drama.
Grandy, I was reading this morning in the news about all the snakes being relocated at the moment!
The things I’m grateful for today:
- A relative who has been seriously ill is improving.
- The helpful person I had a meeting with today from the disability employment agency I’m with.
- Becoming resolute about how to deal with behaviour from certain others I’m no longer prepared to tolerate. It’s like I’ve got my own back and I’m protecting myself.