Having read through a couple of posts on here, I have decided to give this particular challenge a go. Follow the gratitude exercises in each chapter of 'The Magic' for the month of February (conveniently, 28 days long) and activate a process in my mind and in my life. I shall be posting gratitude lists for each suggested area in this thread, as well as any things I think of, or any metaphysical updates.
Here we go........
DAY #26: TURN MISTAKES INTO BLESSINGS
Many years ago, I started my University life with a whole number of negative preconceptions and judgements, which didn't really do me any favours. It created a period of real worry and anxiety, but looking back now, it was what needed to happen.
Thank you for the negativity created, and for forcing me to seek spiritual help.
Thank you for the people I deemed as weirdos, who forced me to branch out to different types of personalities.
Thank you for the spiritual healer who came into my life, and who showed me a whole new way.
Thank you for the stress of finding a new home, and the positive expectations I needed to cultivate.
Thank you the positive people who were also in my life at the time.
Thank you for the expanded uncertainty threshold I started to develop at this time.
Thank you for the positive things which the negative experiences taught me (ie: nerves, but things turning out well).
Thank you for the acceptance of others which this time taught me.
Thank you for showing me some of the things I didn't want to manifest, in advance.
Thank you for the lasting positive effects which this time had on me.
BONUS GRATITUDE: THE LOCAL AREA AND MY HOME TOWN
Having lived in my home town for most of my life, I have come to realise that there are quite a lot of things to appreciate about it; so thank you Source for:
All of the memories I have found here
The air is clean and so is the environment
Close proximity to London
Excellent transport links
It's prosperous, and there are quite a lot of jobs
Plenty of investment over the past 25 years
Lovely parks and public gardens
In general, people are pretty friendly
Big local companies create jobs
I can always find labour-intensive jobs near to me
It is becoming more and more affluent
The redeveloped high street adds to this
All three parts of the shopping centre
It's a pretty photogenic place with the right imagination
It's affordable for me to live in
There are other nice places quite nearby
I have three parks within 10 minutes walk of home
My family all live nearby
I have plenty of friends in the local area
There are still swathes of round here I don't know that well
New developments are planned
The local councils do a really good job of running the place
They spend the Council Tax very well
They haven't increased the Council Tax by much each year
A very good pub, club, bar and restaurant scene
A good performing arts and entertainment scene
In general, the nightlife scene is really good
I can get the best of London but not have to endure the worst
The football team are doing well
The football team is distinctive and has some history
The climate is mild and agreeable
It is generally safe, peaceful and low crime
People look out for each other and are considerate
Local demographics are pretty favourable
We generally get flagship branches of most retail companies
The cafe scene is very good in my town and all of the local ones
We have always had a fairly good music scene
It seems that the green belt land is largely protected
I have shops and other amenities near to my home
There are plenty of nice pubs near to where I live
DAY #27: THE MAGIC MIRROR
One of the most important practices of all, gratitude for self, because this cultivates a strong sense of self-esteem. Tonight, I have been thinking about my positive qualities, and the good things in my life, and have come up with quite a few, so I am saying thank you Source for:
My positive sense of self
My healthy body and mind
My intelligence and knowledge
My unique personality
The journey I am on
And most importantly, thank you Source for giving me the gift of life.
DAY #28: REMEMBERING THE MAGIC
Thank you Source for the blessings of yesterday:
My shift at work, and the job that I now have
The big delivery giving us stock to sell
Eventually finding my staff pass after it went missing
Ranjit's amusing stories and the belly laughter they created
The chats at work I had
The appointment I booked at the Apple Store
Having such a place in my home town
The books I have to read
The food I have to eat
The lovely home I live in
My Mum's increased activity post-op
My health and mobility, and the walks I have been on
The TV programmes I watch
The music I listen to
The gadgets I make use of
Electricity and all it does for me
Finishing my 2017 highlights diary
And this is just a fairly typical day. I have lots of things in my life to be grateful for: thank you Source.
I spent quite a while on Sunday appreciating myself, and giving thanks for me. Went out for the day yesterday, and made two friends in the pub in the evening, who said that I had really good energy. Self-appreciation certainly works.
WAYS IN WHICH I AM FORTUNATE
Being born into the developed western world
Healthy body which functions fully
I was born into a happy and loving family
I have a lovely home in really good condition
I don't have any debts etc hanging over me
I was in the last year without tuition fees
I graduated with very little student debt
Living in a fantastic alpha-world city
Living in a very convenient area for amenities
My home town is developing very nicely
Being a student in the UK's anything-goes city
Living in a very nice off-campus residence
Finding a fun household to live in during 2nd year
Working in a fairly small, low-context school in France
Living with a host family who conversed a lot
Being allocated a very good house for final year
The life insurance policy which paid out at this time
The comfortable job I found after graduation
Finding another job in a beautiful local country park
Having varied working days and the freedom of the site
Being able to travel the world with STA Travel
Courting couples who rescued me when I got mugged
My spiritual connection to the Universe
Finding out about LOA and spirituality from a young age
Staying in work during the worst of the recession
When I lost my job, I was still relatively provided for
The Universe kept me away from really bad jobs
I was provided with a job when I really needed one
Being given a job in a very good department
Being moved to a better department when I needed it
Being provided with a better job when the business went under
Working very reasonable contracted hours indeed
Having a good lot of in-store freedom in my job role
Having very good and personable managers to work for
I have always got money coming in to my life
I have never been near to my bank overdraft
Thank you Source for looking after me, and for providing for me in all of these ways.
I have just been reading my appreciation thread entries for February when I was expressing gratitude each day, and the magic was certainly happening. This was especially so in my job, so having had a week off, I am going to be expressing gratitude for my job/work over the next couple of weeks, to let the magic happen again. I shall post any updates on here.
After a bit of a stagnant week last week, things have been going pretty well at work. The Easter long weekend and really fine weather boosted customer numbers, and the store was busy. I had plenty to do and people were all in really good spirits. I had a fine day of upselling on Monday as well, totalling £329.50p. I was able to take Good Friday off as it was a bank holiday, and had a really nice day out. Yesterday was a pretty good afternoon, even though there were some chaotic floor moves taking place. I have got all of my passwords unlocked, and also have plenty of hours for next week.
Recently I have been practicing gratitude for my current job again, as well as focusing on what I would want a new job to be like. I did this a couple of months ago, and had a fine time of things, with great moments of service and very positive customer feedback. The same things are happening now too.