The Gratitude Column

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

It’s not been the easiest week, but it still delivered some pretty spectacular highlights:

  • I’ve had some pretty exciting sessions at uni, including using software for treatment planning that made me so excited to be given this amazing opportunity. In these past weeks, I’ve often come away from lectures feeling incredibly blessed to be on this journey, and I still can’t quite believe that I am doing something that is so satisfyingly fulfilling!
  • During the week, I suddenly thought of contacting a tutor who has an interest in a certain subject area that involves a lot of what I previously studied. This has opened up a few doors for me that I am eager to enter through – I can’t wait to get stuck in! The fact that I can get excited about this reflects to me that this is really where I belong. Not long ago, this may have been a pretty daunting prospect, as this kind of thing does not come easy to me! It was a small achievement but a significant one.
  • Walking home from lectures with a friend has given me some time to chat and laugh with her, and get to know her better. The more this happens, the more I feel that face to face interaction amongst friends cannot be replaced with technology. It’s just not the same, and I’m so glad to be able to have this time with her. It has also made me realise how much a little bit of frequent and meaningful interaction can strengthen a relationship!
  • One morning I was feeling quite down. Getting up was hard and I struggled to the bus stop and into the classroom. But the session, the group work and drawing my focus away from myself all lifted my spirits. It’s just another example that what we want in any given moment isn’t always what we need!
  • A million other little things:
    • Discovering a bunch of new things to watch on iplayer
    • The colour of my classmate’s flask, which is a pearly pink and reminds me of a lip balm I had as a teenager.
    • Discovering a really easy, delicious meal
    • Getting a new hair cut and colour
    • Having my man come home … cinema, Asda lunch dates, Dominoes, tea in bed … but most of all that feeling of being loved when I had a nightmare and he made sure I was OK, especially after I’d spent the day feeling frustrated and neglected
    • Continuing with my daily Bible reads, learning more of Israel’s story and feeling closer to God
    • Getting back into blogging and realising it doesn’t have to be as hard as it feels!

This week has shown me the sweetness of joy after a period of negativity. Relief can make an experience so much more worthwhile, and so I am grateful that we can feel the good and the bad, and that we have the power to pass on that same relief, or sense of joy and freedom. We’ll never be able to escape the bad, but there is always good to be had with those around us.

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