121 – Gratitude for the past

Hey mama. This is Mama’s daily dose. I’m Meghan Q Barrett of allyoumama.com. Happy Thanksgiving week, and we are rolling in to the fourth week of our gratitude challenge where we are journaling. Three things we are grateful for every day, for the month of November. And this is your last full week of the challenge we just have a couple days next week. And I’m helping you out today. And Mama’s daily dose is… gratitude for the past. Let’s get moving before we get interrupted.

I’m guessing you’ve been around at least two to three decades. So you have a lot of past experiences, you can draw on and see how you can be grateful for those experiences. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. We meet people we go through experiences, things happen for us, all for a reason to bring us to where we are now. Any different decisions that we would have made, whether they be good, bad, helpful, not helpful, would have changed the trajectory of where you are right now. So looking back on those past experiences, and seeing what you can draw from them, what are you grateful for, for them, and you can look at positive experiences, you know, like, I am grateful for having my children, I am grateful for moving to North Carolina, things like that. And then if you want to make it even more challenging, pick what you may have considered a not so great experience. For me, that could be losing my dad, that at the time was a really difficult experience. And those are those ones that like when you’re in it, it feels like it’s not going to end it feels like that pains never going to go away. You couldn’t remember what it was like before. And you can’t imagine what it’s going to be like in the future. But now that we have some space from when those experiences happened, we can take some time to reflect on them and see what we can be grateful for that came out of that. And I am grateful that I had nearly 30 years with my dad, I am grateful that my dad taught me how to tie a cherry with my tongue, which is just one of those funny things that he always used to do. And it sticks out in my mind and makes me smile and laugh every time I think of it. So even though these situations can seem really dire at the time and like that pains, never going to go away when you have that time and that space in between. And then you can have that time to reflect on what happened. Think about what you can pull from that situation that you are grateful for. 

Mama, you know what I’m going to say? Grab that journal, write down three things that you are grateful for. And today think about three things from the past that you are grateful for. And if you’re up for it, think about those difficult situations and draw something from this. And if you haven’t already, give me a follow on Instagram at Meghan Q Barrett, and that is Meghan with an H and have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.

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