I woke up this morning and was greeted with a big hug from my partner.
“Today is World Appreciation Day,” he said. “I just want to thank you, Mummy, for everything you’ve done for this family…” I looked at him from the corner of my eye. “Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?” I smirked with sarcasm. “No, it really is World Appreciation Day,” he said.
It’s funny how an attitude of gratitude changes your whole world.
Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.Stephen Richards
That was that.
I went on about my day as usual, running after our kids fulfilling mummy duties…
Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency & you will attract much better things.Leticia Rae
This evening was my long-awaited fortnightly deep tissue massage night to relieve postpartum back pains. I had one whole hour of zen time to hear my thoughts, reflect and rejuvenate.
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When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.Willie Nelson
I thought of what we talked about this morning in the context of our current lifestyle as busy parents. We were trapped running on the imaginary treadmills that we forgot to appreciate each other and practice gratitude. It is so true that an attitude of gratitude shapes our perspectives and changes our state of mind.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.Melody Beattie
Last week, it was me, who was sleep-deprived and depressed about my new postpartum body. This week, it was me again who realised that my mummy pooch and our 2 beautiful babies made me so proud, more proud than anything else I had ever achieved in my life. Suddenly, I felt liberated.
Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.Raheel Farooq
I was granted permission to enjoy a post-midnight snack after the massage. Just me, by myself.
As I sat in this Asian street food tea lounge listening to my favourite songs that defined my high school years, I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.William Arthur Ward
In a bystander’s eyes, I probably looked like a broken-hearted soul who just had a breakup, but I was so grateful for this precious moment of solitude. I’m sure any new mums out there could relate.
The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.Robert Holden
I couldn’t help but look up ‘World Appreciation Day 2020’. It wasn’t today…
Now remembering this morning, I was so grateful to my wonderful hubby who supported me to make this night happen and reminded me that the ‘World Appreciation Day’ can be and should be every day and any day.
Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
I won’t forget how fulfilled I felt today despite being a total idiot in believing him it was World Appreciation Day. But because I truly practised gratitude, focused on what I have now and appreciated every little thing in life, today turned out to be better than any other day.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.John F. Kennedy
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