Thursday, January 1, 2009

Time for reflection

I've had a lovely peaceful day on my own with no pressing chores to do.....such luxury! It has meant I've had time to reflect, so I lit a couple of candles (above and below) and thought about this year just gone, and about the year ahead, so full of possibilities....

I'm not really one for making New Years Resolutions, but there are some things I plan to do, or to continue to do this year. This includes restarting my 'gratitude journal' where I jot down one or more things that happened on any given day, for which I am grateful. Simple things like my son making me laugh, someone giving me a compliment, or even just being able to enjoy a wonderful meal. This helps me focus on all the good things in my life, of which there are many, but which I sometimes have to remind myself.

I also plan to record my achievements in the same journal. So often we forget how much we do in any given year, so I plan to write these down as I achieve them, so I can look back at the end of the year and realise that I have done some good things. Again, they could be simple like being a thoughtful daughter, or more practical like installing french doors in my living area or painting the front of my house (yes, I plan to do both this year - you've got to hold me to it now!).

Other than that, I plan to light candles more often....

take more picnics.....

Geoff Lung

And have more fresh flowers around the house. Simple, joyous things.

John Gruen

And part of my plans for this year is to continue this blog and keeping in touch with the wonderful, fascinating and inspiring blogs and bloggers. I hope that is part of your plans too.

May your year be full of all the things that you wish for. Health and happiness to you all.


Velvet and Linen said...

Your resolutions are lovely. I love your idea of keeping a gratitude journal and well as writing down your accomplishments. I think I need to add that to my resolution list.
I hope 2009 is a wonderful year for you and that your journal is full of fantastic memories by 2010.


Terri said...

Catherine - I think those are perfect, noble resolutions! We do often forget all the things we have to be thankful for, and all the things we achieve each year. Simply being a kind and generous presence in the world is often enough, but doesn't get recorded in the record books, does it?

Hope your year is beautiful and that you feel loved and appreciated! xo Terri

Kath Lockett said...

What a great idea, Catherine. I've been one to record the number of runs and power walks in my diary so that I can look back at the week and feel good at keeping it up, but I like the idea of a journal.

....have you thought about puttingn some of it on this blog?

citysage said...

A beautiful and reflective post. Thank you for all the inspiration you have brought and for your friendship as well.

I absolutely adore the idea of a gratitude journal and I'm going to begin one of my own. I used to keep one when I was younger but got out of the habit. Thank you for reminding me about this special way to take a moment at the end of every day!

Here's to 2009 and all the potential it holds. I can't wait to see what it has in store for us all! (A trip down under for me, perhaps...?!)