During the festive season there’s a lot of asking of what people want and sometimes that can feel pressured to want something more than what you have. I do it myself to other people. The main thing that I think could be rephrased at this time of year though would be to also to take a moment and be grateful for what we do have.
Often times we find ourselves so awed by advertisements and the sparkly marketing that makes you think you need that new great big shiny TV, or a new dress for each time you want to go out out, or that my life would be more fulfilling if I have this, then that then something else because the last thing didn’t live up to the promise of transforming my life into the perfect fulfilled smiley one that I had hoped for from buying that product.
Realistically I know this isn’t the case at all however, I think there is a lot of power and well-being to be had from taking a moment to be grateful and reframing how we think about what we have. So I thought that for day 2 of the Blogmas challenge I would focus on a list of festive themed gratitude.
1. I have a decent shelter over the cold months and beyond.
2. I can afford to buy enough food.
3. I can cook food in a real oven.
4. I have family to catch up with.
5. I have friends to share some festivities with.
6. I will get some down time from uni deadlines over the holidays.
7. I really enjoy a hot gingerbread latte in a warm coffee shop when it’s cold outside.
8. I’m not going to have to deal with the “it’s-too-hot-and-I-need-to-take-off-more-layers-and-I’m-already-naked” situation that comes with summer.
9. I really love all the festive puddings: bring me all the spiced raisin filled sweets!
10. Mulled wine on a long evening is delicious, and even more delicious shared with friends.
11. The festive seasons theme of good cheer always give me a kick in the right direction of catching up with old friends: and I always really enjoy that part of Christmas season.
12. I love a good sing and dance along to Christmas songs.
13. There’s nothing better than having a big nest of bedding, alone or with your closest, and hot water bottles and watching TV.
14. The sparkles of the Christmas lights really cheer up a dark and dreary night.
15. I have enough funds to give the odd donated present to charity organisations, and some food and blankets to homeless people.
16. Cheese boards and wine!
17. It’s far easier to stay inside and study when it’s cold and dark outside.
18. That I no longer have an eating disorder so I can take part and enjoy the festive foods I like.
19. I have had a good year this year and feel content with myself for the end of the year. This hasn’t happened for a long time.
20. The future is looking positive and bright for me, and I’m really excited for what is to come rather than dreading and fearing the future.