Gratitude prompts: personal growth & development
What makes your heart sing with joy? We all have busy schedules and hop from appointment to meeting to parties all day long. As a result, the importance of quiet reflection and gratitude often gets overlooked. What went down lately? How did it make you feel? Take a couple of minutes out of your week to reflect and be thankful for your growth & development as a human being.
what acts of kindness did you witness this week? how did they make you feel? Were you kind to others?
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What challenges you to grow? how do you struggle?
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Who is there for you in the middle of the night? Is it someone, is it you? Are you strong enough to be your own rock?
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What did you do that surprised you recently? When did you last leave your comfort zone? What did you feel and did it change you?
It is 5:30AM and I walk to work. R&B that would make most of my friends cringe blares through my headphones. I have stopped caring. It is early and the music makes me want to dance; it wakes me up full of joy and there's no shame in that. I slept for four hours maybe, have bags under my eyes for days, but in this moment I love the world more than life itself.
There is something magical about London's empty streets. I can’t wait for those few precious days in March before summer time starts, where I’ll be able to walk to work with the sun.
Then someone says something –over the phone maybe, I am never at my best over the phone- and all of a sudden I have to resist the urge to crawl into a corner. I am overcome by exhaustion; want to wind down and sigh a little. Whisper ‘please hold me’ into someone’s ear and feel solid arms wrapping around me. (Will my mood swings ever go away?)
I walk the same streets home, they are busy now. Somehow they feel much lonelier flooded with people. I think about the cards life has handed me, try to crack the pattern where I am perpetually moving around and never settling down anywhere for long… Suddenly I have the insight that I create my life and can build it exactly as I want to. It is crystal clear, and why did I never see this before? I breathe. I breathe. At least for some moments the excessive need to plan all the details lifts from my shoulders. I am in control, it will be okay. I got this.
THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK
♪ Geiles Leben ❤ perfect batches of oven baked potatoes ❤ the energy that eating #allthecarbs gives me ❤ my body's ability to heal (after years of poor diet & restriction... and after I accidentally rub chilli in my eyes (because klutz!) ❤ having found someone who, after two and a half years, was able to pinpoint what my running injury actually is ❤ being able to lift my lover's 'light & easy' (haha no) dumbbells, and almost being able to do a push-up. I was born without arm muscles. It sucks, please don't laugh too loud ❤ sunny days that promise spring ❤ finally managing to kick my coffee addiction ❤
❤ More than anything I am grateful for life, love and all the opportunities that I've been given. I am eternally grateful for the doors that presented & opened themselves. More even for the ones I had to build with my imagination and kick in with dedication. Determination. Because it's the doors I walked through with my heart pounding in my chest, begging me to turn round, that have made me who I am today.