Ways to be more kind to your mind (Day 1)

I found an exercise/self-reflection on Instagram (@laurajaneillustrations) that I really liked: “7 ways to be more kind to your mind.” She breaks it down to one item per day for a full week. Looks like Sunday is Day 1, so I figure I’ll start there – and I thought I’d share, just in case you would like to do it as well.

“Write a list of everything and everyone that you are grateful for at the end of the week. Read back your list: be present with just how much you have in this moment of your life, however big or small, grand or simple – you have something to be grateful for.”

This was a good week for gratitude, as my list is long. I won’t share it all here, but here are a few highlights.

  • Time spent with family
  • My Mom’s birthday
  • Time in the park with Finn
  • A day off from work
  • The joy of seeing my sons (and now my daughter-in-law also) living good lives
  • Baking, learning new things and sharing those learnings with family and friends
  • Beginning of fall colors peeking through
  • Signing up for a race with my son and having something to look forward to
  • Working lights, air conditioning, etc. (she writes as a storm blows into the area and prays the power isn’t knocked out again)
  • My favorite podcast – and time to listen to it
  • Daily prayers
  • An answered prayer
  • A really good run
  • A reasonable work week
  • Opportunities to laugh
  • Making the week a little brighter for a struggling colleague
  • Not only accepting my own idiosyncrasies, but loving them
  • Kind neighbors
  • Good health
  • Car rides with the top down

Anyway, that’s all I’m going to list here, but she is correct — I have a lot to be grateful for in this moment.

Day 2 of “ways to be more kind to your mind” will follow tomorrow.

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