For a few months now I’ve been writing down three things for which I have reason to be grateful, every evening in a little notebook next to my bed. I keep a special fountain pen with the notebook for this purpose. If I miss an evening, then I do it the next morning. And more often than not, the list consists of more than three items! I know that lots of people do this, and it has certainly proved very worthwhile for me – it has helped me to focus on the positive rather than the negative, and also to be more aware of so many things I used to take for granted. Sometimes they are Big Things (eg. my health, or my daughter writing a successful exam), sometimes Smaller Things (eg. an hour of rain, or a coffee visit from an old friend), and sometimes Really Small Things (eg. finding a bar of chocolate I’d stashed away in my underwear drawer and then forgotten about).
I’ve just jotted down my current three things (I didn’t last night because I was struck by an urge to draft a “poem” à la Dr Seuss instead – I have no idea why, but I went with it anyway….) (and no, I won’t be reprinting the result here! – it’s even more pathetic in the harsh light of day) and then something struck me: I CAN MAKE TWO LISTS – one for the gratitude stuff, and one for the looking-forward-to stuff. I suppose I could include things-to-look-forward-to on the gratitude list but I’d prefer to keep that for current / existing circumstances. The LFT list will be about things coming my way in the future that I anticipate will be nice!
So, here’s my first LFT for public viewing: (1) a short holiday after Christmas with a close friend to visit some of her family from overseas; (2) the income generated from my selling endeavours over the November/December markets (much needed right now!); (3) tickets for Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the production of King Kong in the next couple of weeks with a particular person whose company I love.
Have you ever made a Looking-Forward-To list? Anyone else think it’s a good idea?