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How green is your grass


The focus of this small simplicity challenge is gratitude.

I believe that although many of us think we have to go elsewhere to seek enjoyment and fulfilment in life, often times we have everything we need right here already.

It’s just a case of recognising what you have already and thinking about it differently. Instead of chasing more, or thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, it’s about being grateful for what you have already.

Being grateful doesn’t actually always come naturally. Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day that we forget to look at the bigger picture.

It’s not that we’re not grateful. It’s usually more that we forget to be grateful. We fail to appreciate what’s right in front of us as we’re moving too fast to take it in. We’re too busy racing from A to B to achieve Y and Z.

Sound familiar?

Grab a notebook and take a moment to jot down your thoughts about the following questions:

  • What are your greatest achievements?
  • What are you most proud of in your life?
  • What makes you get out of bed each day and keep on going?
  • What makes you truly happy?
  • What would you miss most if you were plucked off this planet by aliens?
  • What lights your fire?

How many times have you stopped to ask yourself these questions?

However, a gratitude list is more than just a list of things you appreciate in your life…

A gratitude list is a useful list

A gratitude list helps you identify what you enjoy, makes you happy, is most important to you and your life and therefore what your priorities are.

Incorporating these priorities into your regular (even daily) routine is an important part of working out what you want from life and simplifying the process of how you’re going to get there.

Your challenge…

Today I’d like you to write down 5 things that you’re grateful for in your life.

  • They can be big or small, important to everyone or important to just you
  • Include people, places, events, feelings
  • Write whatever comes to mind that you’re most grateful for in your life right now
  • Bear in mind your responses to the questions above

Can you find ways to prioritise these 5 things (or do more to honour them) in your daily life?

Once you’ve written that list, keep it safe, read it back often.

Thank you for joining me in this small simplicity challenge.

You can find more small simplicity challenges here.