I’m not really into this whole gratitude thing.
That doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for all the good stuff in my life, just that I don’t feel obliged to write down three things every day and then share it with everyone on social media.
If that works for you then all well and good, it’s just not my thing.
But this morning I just had to stop and really take in everything around me.
I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the world, have a lovely home, a full-time job and a very happy marriage.
OK maybe it’s not down to luck.
I’ve worked very hard all my life and I’ve made some tough decisions.
My life is not perfect.
I suffer with allergies, asthma and increasingly crippling back-pain.
All of my immediate family has had cancer and losing my Mum when I was 23 was incredibly hard.
But in the main I have good health (I can’t remember the last time I had a cold), I eat well and exercise, in fact I think I’m fitter now than I was in my 20s.
I am able to work from home and I’m respected in my workplace.
I come from and now live in a country where we are able to say no, where we have rights and protections.
It’s not a perfect country by any means and there’s a lot I don’t agree with politically, but I still feel privileged to call it home.
It has some crazy and dangerous weather (and wildlife) but in broader terms it’s safe.
In life we’re all so busy, so time-poor, so connected – sometimes you just need to stop and take time to think about the positives in your life.
And just for being able to do that I’m truly grateful.