My first thought this morning:
“I love my eye-mask.”
I don’t normally use one at home, but I was so happy I brought it with me on my trip to Gothenburg this weekend. (I’m here as a DJ at a blues dance event.)
I’m known as a late night DJ, so often I won’t start until 2am or even later. Last night I finished at 4.05am. By the time I’d packed up and said good-night to my friends it was more like 5am. After I got back to the apartment where I was staying and drunk some tea, it was nearly 6am.
It’s bright in Sweden. I was glad I’d packed my eye-mask.
My gratitude habit
Since I started my self-journal back in November, I’ve focused more on gratitude than I ever have before. It has been part of my morning and evening routine. Twice a day I write down 3 things I’m feeling grateful for.
I can’t say I love the word gratitude. It’s not a word that I naturally use in my everyday conversation.
I’ve long been an appreciative and thankful kind of person but since making gratitude a daily practice, I’ve noticed that I feel happier and more satisfied with my life in general.
Gratitude on repeat
Some days I feel like I am just writing on repeat, but other times I find myself thinking of something that previously I would have taken for granted but now I genuinely feel much more appreciation for.
Typical things I write on my gratitude list:
- My warm home.
- My comfortable bed.
- My cup of tea.
- My new jeans.
- My family.
- My work.
This weekend is the first time I have travelled away for blues dancing since I started my journal.
I noticed that I have felt thankful for many things that previously I might not have paid so much attention to:
- Champagne on the flight. My friend Pete was travelling business class on the same flight but we weren’t sitting together. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the flight attendant appeared with a small bottle of champagne on a tray for me. It was so lovely of him to arrange that for me.
- 7 hours of DJ time. I love to play but this is a lot of time on the decks! It’s encouraged me to find time to tidy up my music folders and gives me a chance to stretch my wings and try out some new material.
- My friend Annette. She lives in Germany so we don’t get to hang out too often. It’s been lovely to spend time together and catch up on our news.
- My hosted apartment for the weekend. It’s a calm and welcoming space.
- Having a bath. (We only have a shower at home.)
- Eating fresh blueberries for breakfast.
- My friend, musician Christoffer Johansson. He plays beautiful music to listen and dance to. I interviewed him for my blues blog almost 2 years ago and he recently asked me to help him decide on the running order of the music on his new CD. He gave me a gift of the CD yesterday and told me that the music was in the order I suggested.
- Dancing. Being part of a community where dancing is a normal means of expression gives me great joy.
All of these things are special, and I feel that my gratitude practice has helped me feel extra happy and relaxed this weekend.
It’s almost time to start a new Self-Journal. Last week I spent a few hours looking through my current one and making lists. Insights, things that have gone really well, all the things I’m grateful for.
I realised the thing I’m most thankful for is the habit of gratitude.