Embracing the Art of Appreciation

So it's finally new year's eve and as Jah9 a Jamaican songbird would put it, "we're feeling irie (feeling great). There's nothing like smiles on our faces.It's about to be a beautiful day."

As we count down to 2017 think about what a blessing it is that we are alive and able to do so. There's nothing like the joy that comes with a grateful heart.

Just a month ago a friend suggested a 30 day gratitude challenge on her blog

Every single day we were meant to write down the things we were grateful for.It was meant to be anything you can think of but I must say it was not as easy as I thought it would be. I think we get so used to the people and things we have that at times we fail to acknowledge and appreciate their presence in our lives.

So my list was starving on the first week but with time it grew some flesh. My friend had a lot to do with my list growing since her lists always touched my heart and inspired new ideas on more things to be grateful for.

I cannot explain how  glad I am I embarked on that gratitude journey with her.  I would feel immense joy every time I gave thanks for something I used to assume before. I smiled more and at times when I did so while I was holding my phone my  nosy sister would peek and ask who it is that was making me blush so much. 

So as 2016 comes to an end instead of beating ourselves up like we tend to do this time for things  undone. I implore you to join me in appreciating the much we did and the things and people around us. We do not even have to put it in writing or say it out loud. We probably will not have much time to ourselves today for that anyway. 

How about we start with the simplest thing right now, like  giving thanks for having the eyes to read this. Let your eyes wander around you today and make an inward list of why you are so thankful for what you are looking at right now. Allow yourself to feel the ripples of joy flow in and through your body as you do so all day today. Who knows you could end up making it your 31 day challenge for the next month next year. Nothing serious just looking around and giving thanks for what you see easy peasy right?

Right, as I finish this piece I would like to thank you for being part of my life this year. Enjoy your day and don't forget to let your eyes wander and your mind generate that lovely gratitude list all day. Here's to a grand 2017 for us filled with lots of blessings.  

Wendi Mutisya


Unknown said...

wishing you a happy new year and a prosperous 2017.Keep up the good job in 2017 also.

Wendi Ndaki said...

Thank you Nashon. Happy new year to you too.

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