My day seems to have revolved around drinking copious amount of lemon juice in hot water sweetened with honey and taking intermittent doses of Strepsils (proprietary medicine). The reason: my throat is doing a very passable imitation of the roughest grade of sandpaper. Naturally I have been felling sorry for myself; so while scanning my befuddled brain in search of an antidote to this morass of self-sorrowfulness I remembered that it was an age since I made an entry in my Thank You book. (a gratitude diary ideally used daily to list people/things/places you are grateful for).
The Thank You book was one of the first things I wrote about on the blog here. As well as an introduction by Marie Murray, a leading Irish clinical psychologist, it has some short entries by local celebrities listing things they are thankful for. Otherwise the pages are blank for adding one’s own gratitude list.
Before I made an entry I reread Marie Murray’s introduction. Here’s a small part of what she says “…the Thank You book unites two important psychological strategies: keeping a diary and developing gratitude. Narrative psychology affirms the benefit of writing our own story. Positive psychology affirms the benefit of focusing on what is positive in that account.”
I made a quick list of things that I am feeling grateful for at the moment. Making the entry has not of course cured my sore throat but has acted as a timely reminder that I have much to be thankful for, including my normally excellent health.
I am off to have my last lemon drink of the day. Talk to you over the weekend