Sunday, 20 March 2011

the art of living cheerfully

~ one hundred gratitudes ~

#18 : Walking the Cornish Coastal path and seeing the Bedruthan Steps with my love.

Around every headland was more and more beauty. We were surrounded by it. Fresh air, chatting to my love about everything and nothing and feeling like my life was in proportion and balance next to all this natural beauty.


A couple of weeks ago I signed up for an e.course called "the art of living cheerfully".

It began today.

I haven't been feeling especially miserable but rather that there are possibilities in life that Frank's diagnosis and the consequent white noise put out of my head.

I have been feeling ready for a small new project.

To spend some time allowing myself to dream and be grateful and seek out the joy every day felt like just what I should be doing right now.

I would like to share a little of the content with you all as the weeks of the course go by.

What attracted me to the course, aside from loving the idea of a project of a creative nature just for me, was Maddie's use of the word "cheerful".

She wasn't promising happiness or a state of Nirvana but a chance to be active in being cheerful.

One of the first exercises is to list one hundred things for which we are grateful.


From the past and present, situations and people, experiences and places ... one hundred.

And I am also to write about why I am grateful for these things.

And that is where the joy will start flying about, I think!

Really focusing on why I am grateful for these things will drag them squarely into the forefront of my brain and make the feelings of experiencing them come back.

How bloody cheerful am I going to be doing this?!!

I am already thinking of Cornwall and those blue waters.
And I am smiling...

What are you grateful for?


  1. WOW...that is beautiful. Not only the place, but the act of what you are embarking on. I think I am interested in the 100 challenge. I am going to do it this week. Oh...and I am noticing to the right (on your tab) that you are "listening to" Mumford & Sons? I am a big fan of The Cave and Little Lion Man (to date)...I am also a 30STM girl.

    Love you Jules!

  2. Grateful for the DOC and friends to carry me through, for the sun that rises and sets, for one more glorious day. Grateful. I like the focus on it and find it a richer place to live in. So happy you are doing this. Grateful for the Internet and for meeting you Jules, my dear cyber friend.

  3. What a beautiful view!

    I am thankful to you and the online communtity for getting it.

    I am thankful for my wonderful resilient family.

    I have so much to be thankful for, 100 things would be the tip of the iceburg!

  4. From the title of the post, I initially thought you wrote something about "Art of Living course". Anyway, wonderful post!

  5. Sounds wonderful Jules! I am grateful to have found you and so many others in the Doc.

    I am grateful for the cherry blossom tree beginning to bloom in front of my house.

    I am grateful for my husband making us a wonderful new kitchen!