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Being Grateful

I’m all about finding the joy right now. In such a troubling, terrifying world, I think we all owe it to ourselves to look for the bright moments, the joy, the happiness, no matter how small they may be.

The last time I wrote for this blog, we’d lost our beloved dog, Daisy, but now, almost three IMG_1290months later, we have a new pooch, Lexi. A rescue German Shepherd. She is bringing joy back into our lives again and somebody new to love. She gets on brilliantly with our resident dog, Mango and all the cats – though initially, they weren’t overly thrilled with her arrival!

Another thing I’m grateful for is my middle son passing his Theory Test first time, which was great news for us and today, he is going to pick up his very first car. I can hardly believe I have a child that is old enough to drive, but I do! In fact, I have three of them!

I’m grateful that my youngest son, who has always struggled with autism, is doing brilliantly in his new school. We had a long fight to get him the support we needed (which was ridiculous) but he has it now for the first time. Stability. Happiness and he, himself, is finding the joy in learning for the first time.

I’m grateful that I can write and I’ve had two books published since I last blogged – A Child To Heal Them and Saving The Single Dad Doc. I’m thrilled to pieces that I get to do the best job in the entire world, every single day!

 

There are other things going off in my life, that aren’t brilliant. Family members with significant illnesses for one, that we can’t do a damn thing about, but I am trying to find as much time as I can to be with them and create happy memories, before we’re unable to. Each joke, each smile, is something to be treasured.

I’m enjoying the warm, sunny days. The days I get to walk along the beach barefoot. The days I get to sit with my children around the dinner table and laugh. Small things, but wonderful things.

Years ago, Oprah Winfrey wrote about the importance of having a Gratitude Journal and I believe in that totally, because when you force yourself to look for the good, every single day, you find your focus shifting in life. You don’t concentrate so much on all the stuff that goes wrong, all the stuff that’s out of your hands that you can’t change, and instead you focus on what made you smile – whether it was a particularly beautiful flower you saw that day, or an old couple still holding hands, or just the fact that you enjoyed a particularly lovely cup of tea!

Try it and see. There are some lovely Gratitude Journals on the market. Or you can just pick up a pretty notebook and make your own.

In the meantime, if you’d like to read a story about hope and possibility and love, then check out Saving The Single Dad Doc! And remember to look for the joy and the beauty and enjoy your life in lots of small, little ways. Why not tell me below about what you are grateful for today? Try and find three things and share! I can’t wait to read them.

Louisa xxx

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6 thoughts on “Being Grateful”

  1. I too took Oprah’s gratitude journals to heart years ago. I used to write down three things every day (for which to be grateful). Then it was five things. After a year or two, I no longer felt the need to write those things down, as I automatically find the joy in life in so many things every day anyway.
    I have been up for 1.5 hours today, and so far I am grateful for (1) being able to work from home and not have to get dressed/showered in a rush, (2) my husband being retired and able to enjoy more time with friends and family (and ME!), (3) my kitchen counters being clean, (4) a dental check up in an hour that many can’t afford, (5) bifocals that are still “the right prescription”, (6) my own office (with a door that closes), (7) my stack of books waiting to be read, (8) my daughter’s pregnancy going so well so far (can never take that for granted), (9) my daughter’s old bedroom (now a guest room) so I can sleep there when my husband’s snoring gets on my nerves (as it does more so as the years go by), plus I can toss and turn (thank you, menopause….) without interrupting HIS sleep, and (10) our small home that is big enough for us.

    1. Hi Laney! Wow, I’m so happy for you that the journalling changed your outlook on life. It almost becomes a way of life when you choose to focus on the positive, doesn’t it? So many great things you shared, thank you xxx

  2. Sending lots of hugs Louisa and I am loving Lexi how gorgeous and such joy to add her to you family, I have a fabulous family a dog 2 cats that we adore my kids grandkids everyone but I also have a family that I have met on the internet a lot are authors who write stories that make me smile and bring such joy to me that I am forever grateful thank you 🙂

    A gratitude journal sounds wonderful 🙂

    Have Fun

    helen

    1. Hi Helen! I see the joy on your face when you share your photos of your grandkids and family on FB. And you’re right, you can almost have a second ‘family’ on the internet, too. So many people, who you never actually meet, but become such strong friends and people who you instinctively know you’d get on with, if you ever did get the chance to meet in the flesh.

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