There’s something about this time of year, the arrival of spring and the beginning of Lent, that encourages a degree of introspection and self-improvement, whatever your spiritual beliefs.
However, I have never been a fan of regimes that involve denial or giving things up. I feel that whenever I have focused on trying to cut something out of my life I have ended up giving far too much mental attention to the unwanted habit or behaviour in question.
So, I’m trying a new way of doing things. For Lent I will be inviting something positive into my life on the basis that the more good habits I develop, the less room there will be for bad ones.
This year I have chosen to introduce a gratitude practice. For each of the 40 days of Lent I will be keeping a list of all the things I am grateful for – from big wins to the small things that are so easy to overlook or take for granted.
We’re only two days in and I already have 20 things to be grateful for. How many do you think I’ll end up with…?
Check back in at Easter to find out!