Morning Thankfulness

morning-poolBeing thankful first thing in the morning gives health to the bones. Our psyche is like a 4 seat car. You can’t safely buckle in 5 or more people. If you fill your car with happy people and a bummer person wants to ride, he just can’t. It’s like that when you fill your car with thankfulness, negativity just can’t fit.

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Golden Hour.”

The morning hours are golden for practicing thankfulness. No matter what has transpired the day before, there always seems to be a feeling of “clean slate” in the morning. Sometimes it’s even hard to sleep but wen you do and then wake up in the morning, things always seem a little different, a little fresher. This morning I woke up and felt great but there were already a couple concerns on my mind. They weren’t helping me start out well. I read Corinne’s post about thankfulness and it reminded me of my favorite morning exercise: practicing thankfulness in the morning.

I got away from the tv and kids and ventured out to the pool in the shade with my journal and pen. I practiced deep breathing and some relaxation techniques and meditated on the things I am thankful for. I recorded my thoughts.

  • My wife amazing and she supports me in all ways. I was truly blessed when I met her.
  • My kids. You only have to look at my flickr photo statuses to see how much I cherish them. I chose to be a husband and dad and I am so thankful for that.
  • My blogging goals – I’ve set blogging goals for years but it’s only in the past couple months that I was challenged by the ROW80 community to make and report measurable progress. It has been an excellent tool and I use my goals to make daily blogging routines. I waste less time.
  • Summer off teaching. I chose a great career for being a dad and hopefully an ever increasingly better husband. Summers off get me to the doctor and help me explore the things I enjoy like blogging to their fullest extent. I’ve worked hard to be a teacher and Summer is a large benefit.
  • Friends like Don. Don’s a recent friend I’ve been in contact with. Great guy. A fellow teacher and dad/husband. I have many friends. Some tradional and others far off or online. They all mean a lot to me and as hard as it probably is to be my friend, I am thankful they all want anything even to do with me.
  • I’m thankful for my health. I feel great and the small minor issues I deal with: high blood sugar (102-109 on average) and hypertension (currently normal) are common  for a male 46 y/o and I am thankful I don’t have anything life threatening. I plan to live to see my great grandchildren one day.
  • My almost 17 y/o son and I get along.
  • I have a good medical group with doctors helping me to live long and prosper.

That’s what came to me on the chaise lounge. I give credit to Corinne, one of those far off friends in India (wow) for hosting this circle. The graphic below is a link to her gratitude circle post.

Gratitude-Circle

11 Replies to “Morning Thankfulness”

  1. What a great way to start the day. I can just close my eyes and dream of doing the same thing and the morning is perfect for that.

  2. Thank you for joining us in the Gratitude Circle blog hop, Damien. Your post is a blessing to read – reflecting on what we have fills the heart more than we can imagine. Best wishes to you!

  3. Great thoughts Damien. I really like the concept of the car full of positivity so no negativity can hitch along. I’m not a morning person, but you’ve inspired me. I think taking a moment of gratitude in the morning could really help my day.

  4. Thank you for sharing your gratitude list, I am inspired at the end of this day; as I will get back to the computer only tomorrow morning. It feels good to end my day reading your post… which is so positive …

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