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Gratitude Jar

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On Monday afternoon I got a devastating email from a past wedding client to tell me that her lovely husband had passed away after a short battle with cancer – they only married 4 years ago. I am so heartbroken for her.

It made me think about my own life and remind myself of how lucky I am – I know I am really lucky but sometimes when I’m caught up in the busyness of my life and work I lose sight of just how lucky.

To try to remind myself on a more regular basis I started a gratitude jar with Oisín this week. It’s something I had planned to do for a long time but like a lot of other things I kept putting it off. So all this week, each night after Oisín gets into his pjs and brushes his teeth we sit on the floor of his bedroom and think about all the good things that have happened during the day. We talk about the things that made us happy and we each get to choose one thing to go into the gratitude jar. Oisín’s in Junior Infants and only learning to read and write so he tells me what to write on his and then he insists on drawing a little love heart at the bottom each note.

It’s such a simple thing to do and a lovely way to end the day and Oisín goes off to bed with a big smile on his face and it gives me 10 minutes to be in the moment and be thankful for everything I have…

Life can be pretty tough sometimes and unfortunately none of us are immune to tragedy but in amongst the hardships are some beautiful simple moments of pure joy & happiness….we just need to work our how we can focus on these moments a bit more.

Hope you all have a great long weekend and get to spend time with the people you love.

❤ Aine x

4 Comments

  • Niki

    01.05.2015 at 14:15 Reply

    …it’s only me….! Yes we did a similar thing with postit s everyone writes a positive line and sticks it up ( it didn’t last long though as they kept falling down.. Then ended up in the bin:( must get started again . Lately when I notice something nice on my travels through the day….. Like the flowers, the sun, the wavey sea on a windy day, the frost in the roof etc making a conscious effort to say it out loud to the kids, hopefully it adds something positive to their little heads and they make a habit of taking things in around them ( mind you they are much better at it then me!)….another thing, Write a poem….it captures the feeling of the moment , it’s quite powerful then to read back in time…make a little scrapbook stick them in… And keep x

    • Aine Teahan

      04.05.2015 at 22:01 Reply

      Thanks a million Nikki. I love your idea about writing a poem – I know what you mean about it capturing the feeling of the moment. I must try that.

  • Stela

    03.05.2015 at 12:21 Reply

    Very nice story and you are right, we should value the small things of our life.
    Thanks to share it with us

    • Aine Teahan

      04.05.2015 at 21:58 Reply

      You’re more than welcome Stela. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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