Having a "Gratitude Practice" is one of the best ways to vibrant health. I don't know if that's an actual quote, or who, if anyone, said it, or if it's even a "thing", but I believe it. Any time I'm feeling down in the dumps, I've trained myself to feel grateful for what I have.
When we run low on cash and I need to go to the food bank, I feel SO GRATEFUL for our local food bank, the great people who run it, and the community that supports it.
When I can't make it to an event at my daughter's school because I have to work, I feel SO GRATEFUL for the PTA and the moms and dads who make the time to volunteer so that my daughter can have great experiences.
When my apartment is a mess and I'm just way to exhausted to do anything about it, I feel SO GRATEFUL that I have a beautiful, safe, warm, and well-lit place to live, and that somehow the rent gets paid every month.
I've started a Gratitude Wall. I taped up a big piece of paper, bought blank index cards, and started writing and drawing all the things I feel grateful for. It doesn't exactly match my design aesthetic, but it's beautiful and along with Freya's kindergarten artwork it "goes".
I'm also going to pin this post to the top of my Facebook page. "Beannaigh", pronounced BAN-nah, means to honor, to bless, to salute. It means to feel reverence, amazement, and gratitude for what has been handed down to you. I'm going to add to this every week, to share the incredible blessings I am given every day. Please follow Beannaigh Traditional Handknitting on Facebook to find some weekly blessings of your own.
Pam Connolly, owner of Beannaigh Traditional Handknitting, is a hardworking single mom with an old-fashioned cottage industry.