Let gratitude be the pillow

The door is closing on 2020 ~ we’ll soon be packing up Christmas décor. What a year this has been! There will be “2020 in review” shows on TV shortly, but I’m not watching. I’d rather reflect on my own ~ my year in review involves one word: gratitude. I’m not tone-deaf to the struggles others have/are facing in the pandemic, rather sharing that I chose to be grateful where-ever possible.

  • I’m grateful to be well employed in year of chaos and uncertainty and that my employer allowed for and supports working from home.
  • I’m grateful our boys, girls & grands are healthy, happy, and employed.
  • I’m grateful that what started as daily walks for stress relief morphed into a habit I look forward to & enjoy.
  • I’m grateful I can cook; Hubbs and I have enjoyed more home-made goodness than ever, and his oohs and ahhs sustain me. We’re still working our way through his “pandemic groceries.”
  • I’m grateful I can read: my regular reading habit relaxes and comforts me.
  • I’m grateful I found Intermittent Fasting ~ the health plan with a side effect of weight loss. The clarity, energy and peace I enjoy is indescribable. And it’s free, even better.
  • I’m grateful to have enough – I can, and do, help others.
  • I’m grateful that last New Year’s Day, when I declared, “If you want to take the island, burn the boats” that the Island is now mine. I’ve found gifts while being home ~ using the time to improve my health, mind, spiritual journey, body, sleep and work product.

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou

This weekend, I’ll create my 2021 vision board & hang it where I can see it. I’m enjoying thinking about themes and ideas to explore. I’m mixing it up.

Your turn: What does your year in review say? Do you set intentions for the coming year?

  • Here’s to 2021!

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7 thoughts on “Let gratitude be the pillow

  1. Your words are going to get me thinking. I journaled my gratitude this year, but don’t feel like I accomplished much else. Maybe that’s okay, but I hope this big lull will be the springboard for squeezing the most out of the coming year.

    I’ve heard of intermittent fasting, but haven’t really explored it. It sounds promising in ways I might not have expected, so you’ve inspired me to take a closer look.

    • Intermittent Fasting is as old as time and practiced by most major religions ~ for more information I suggest reading “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung or “Delay, Don’t Deny” (quick read) “Fast, Feast, Repeat” (longer, more comprehensive) both by Gin Stephens. All are excellent books that delve into the science of why fasting is key to stabilizing our hormones and flipping the switch to internal healing!

      Happy New Year 🙂 ~MJ

  2. “pandemic groceries” – We’ve all got some of those!

  3. Happy New Year!

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