ZoD Challenge 2: Daily Gratefuls

After running another little survey I found out that 30% of you write in/keep a diary and 70% of you didn’t.
I then asked how often do you think about the things you are grateful for and 65% of you said daily, whereas 35% said hardly ever.

I would like you to explore your ZoD and join me in September’s Daily Gratefuls challenge.

The challenge is to write one thing you’re grateful for each day. Just one thing no matter how big or small it is.

We will begin on the 1st of the month and every day for 30 days I would like you to share something you are grateful for.

I think it’s important to remember the things that are going good in your life, despite the things that may not be going so well in the world around you.

By the end of the month you would’ve created a list of things that you are grateful for. In times of stress or when you’re feeling a bit down you can always refer to this collection of grateful things. Doing so, can allow you to put life into perspective, lift your mood, and generally help you to feel happier about yourself and your situation.

Journaling (well intentionally) is something new for me, I often think about the things I am grateful for but don’t tend to write them down.

However, for this challenge I would like you to write/type those things out.

I believe the act of noting it on paper or on your phone allows you to physically see what those things actually are.

This brings an added awareness to what we may take for granted and reinforces the fact that there is something to appreciate about your life.

Daily Gratefuls is a ZoD challenge because it will encourage you take a moment to reflect and ask yourself a few questions that you may never usually think about, such as:

  • What is going good for me right now?
  • Why am I happy?
  • What have I achieved and proud of?
  • Who am I surrounded by that loves me?
  • What opportunities have been /or are available to me?
  • What am I grateful for?

I would like you to remember that even in the midst of a global pandemic, economic downturn, and the many unfortunate and devastating events occurring worldwide, as well the biggest civil rights movement that this year has brought.

It is still okay to recognise that in the grand scheme of things though it may not feel like it; that upon reflecting on your own personal circumstance, even when you strip it down to the basics of being fed, clothed and having a roof over your head. You already find yourself in the top percent of the wealthiest people in the world.

I think for a lot of people, especially the ones I have spoken with, this pandemic and it’s subsequent consequences has made us realise what is really important.

Many people who celebrated the start of this new decade with hopes and dreams are unfortunately no longer here. I know we are all aware that life is short but the vast majority of people are stuck in a pattern of waking up and letting the day deal with them. And when caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to forget that the day brings so many joyful moments that we simply fail to acknowledge.

So to re-iterate no matter how big or small you think it may be, all I ask is that you write one thing a day that you are thankful for and be as specific as you can.

This challenge is really about acknowledging and reminding yourself that your life is valuable and there is a lot to be appreciative for.

Please share your daily gratefuls with me. I will anonymise and post them on my socials, it’ll be good if we could all get involved. I think as a collective it will be a lovely way to lift morale and spread some positive energy.

Oh and one more thing if you could begin with; “Today I am grateful for…” that would be great 🙂

I look forward to you sharing your thoughts with me! You can get in touch via all my social media or use the contact form on my website. Please try and use the hashtags #zoneofdiscomfort #dailygratefuls

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