start monday with gratitude

week 16

Welcome to Week 16, lovely soul.

Below you'll find the video and video transcript introducing you to this week's quote and musings.

Scroll further and you'll discover this week's daily exercises, high vibe tune, and downloadable wallpapers.

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul

Rabbi Harold Kushner

video transcript

No matter how challenging any situation might seem it is always possible to see a good side to it, if you’re willing to try.

Recently we got caught up in, not one but two, traffic jams on our way home one Sunday evening after a beautiful, relaxing mountain hike. It would have been all too easy to moan and groan about the traffic jam and how slowly we were moving, if at all. It would have been all too easy to get agitated when we weren’t moving and then take our frustration out on each other (or other drivers).

But instead, we switched on some happy tunes and turned the volume up. And there we sat in the car (when we weren’t moving) and bopped away to some happy beats. I’m sure people around us thought we were crazy, but we decided to make some fun out of the situation and, no doubt in the process, created some entertainment for those around us.

Through one simple decision we ensured that the energy and vibration we had created during our special day of hiking continued to stay high. And, when we finally arrived home, we arrived home with smiles, reminiscing about everything positive that had happened during the day. The traffic jams had already been forgotten.

Can you imagine what might have happened, though, if we’d succumbed to negative thinking (and actions) when we found ourselves in the traffic jams? No doubt by the time we got home we would have felt frustrated and angry, we may have even had a petty argument as a way to vent our frustration, and we would certainly have forgotten about the beautiful mountain hike we had enjoyed earlier in the day.

That tiny decision to create something good out of the not-so-pleasant traffic situation we had found ourselves in, ensured we kept our vibration high and ended our day on a positive note.

When you’re faced with a difficult or challenging decision and choose to find the good in it or create something good from it, you’ll soon create a habit where you always look for the good in everything. And when you look for the good, consciously or subconsciously, you’ll discover that you will find something to be forever grateful for.

And so, the snowball effect begins. As you find something to be grateful for in one situation, so you’ll find something to be grateful for in the next, and in the next, and in the next… and so it goes.

Gratitude keeps our vibration and energy high by shining a beautiful bright light on our lives. And with it brings happiness, joy and all high vibrational and positive emotions that nourish and feed our soul.

daily gratitude practice

This week is about building. We’re going to start small, and each day build on the day before.

So, as it’s Monday, the start of the week, I invite you to think of something that mildly upset you recently.

Perhaps it was an unpleasant comment someone made to you.

Perhaps you didn’t receive a compliment when you expected to, from someone you expected it to come from.

Perhaps you felt a bit underappreciated for the effort you put into a project at work.

Whatever example comes into your head, remember the situation, remember what happened, what was said or done.

And then go looking for a positive takeaway, no matter how small that is.

Find something to be grateful for.

Think back to a time when someone let you down.

Perhaps you were meant to meet up with a friend you hadn’t seen for ages and, last minute, they cancelled.

Or perhaps you put in a lot of effort in a project at work but someone else in the team took all the credit for their work and yours.

How can you turn the hurt you experienced as a result of this person letting your down, into something positive?

Did it change you in some way as a result?

Did you do something different as a result of what happened?

People enter our lives and they leave.

We’ve all had a friend or romantic partner move on and exit our life at some stage.

Looking back on one friendship or one romantic relationship that ended, what positive lessons can you gain from that relationship?

What positives did that person bring into your life as a result of being part of your life?

Whether it was the cold, the ‘flu, or a more serious illness. Look back at a time when you fell ill.

Rather than remembering how miserable you felt, how weak your body was, how much you wanted to sleep, look back at the experience as one where your super intelligent body was telling and teaching you something positive.

What was your body telling or teaching you?

And now that you see and can appreciate the valuable lesson your body was trying to share with you, will you heed that message and apply it to your life, even though the illness may be long gone?

Go back to a painful childhood memory.

It could have been a time when you were punished for something you didn’t do.

It could be a memory about being bullied or intentionally hurt at school.

It could be a recollection of not being allowed to do or have something you really wanted.

Now find something positive that came as a result of that painful childhood memory.

How did that memory positively change and impact you as a person?

How has that experience positively influenced you and shaped you into the person you are today?

When we lose someone special in our life, whether it is a beloved pet who passes on or a family member or close friend, it is such a devastating and painful experience, one that takes such a long time to heal from, one from which it may not be possible to fully heal.

Those feelings of loss can remain with us for years, decades. And often, when we think about them, it’s that painful feeling of emptiness, of never being able to see them, hold them or touch them again.

Today I invite you to think of someone special who has passed on.

Only today I want you to focus on how full your life was when they were part of it, how much gratitude you could express to them that you maybe never did.

Don’t remember your life with them from the point of view that they’re now gone, feeling sad, lonely, empty.

Rather remember it as if you are re-living the joy of being with them in the present moment.

Re-live with pure joy times you were together and express gratitude for being able to cherish those memories again and for their presence in your life.

Focusing on the memory of the same special person that you gave thanks for yesterday, today I invite you to talk to that loved one, that beloved pet, that dear departed friend as if they are sitting beside you.

And I invite you to share with them all the joys and happy times you have had since their departure.

Talk to them as if they are a friend who has suddenly come back into your life and wants to catch up on all the positive experiences, all the joy you’ve felt since the last time you saw them.

and let's not forget...

I couldn't resist... what side of life are you looking on?

have gratitude wherever you go...

... with this week's gratitude quote wallpaper.

Note: details of how to download this week's wallpaper is provided below.

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner





how to download your wallpaper

Before copying one of the pictures below, you'll want to quickly check your screen settings because the worst thing you can do is use a wallpaper with an aspect ratio that differs from the aspect ratio of your screen.

The aspect ratio of a rectangle is simply the proportion between width and height. The most common are 16:9, 16:10 and 4:3. And it will be for these 3 sizes that I shall provide you with your free wallpaper.

To find your screen resolution follow this basic guide. Steps for your computer may vary slightly but I hope this will give you some guidance:

  • Right-click the desktop and select Display settings.
  • Scroll down until you see "Resolution" (you may have to choose an "Advanced" option)
  • To find your aspect ratio, divide the width over the height. For example, if my resolution is 1920 x 1080 then I would divide 1920 over 1080 to get 1.778, which indicates a 16:9 resolution. Similarly, 1.6 indicated 16:10 and 1.333 indicates 4:3
  • When you've calculated your screen's aspect ratio, go to the picture below that matches that size
  • Right click on the picture and select "Set as Desktop Background"
  • Choose whether to "Fill", "Fit", or "Stretch" your picture - if you've chosen the right size "Fit" will be your best option
  • Select "Set Desktop Background" and you're done

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down on it until you see a menu.
  • From here, click the “Save image” tab, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by pressing and holding a blank area on your screen (meaning where no apps are placed), and home screen options will appear.
  • Select 'add wallpaper' and choose whether the wallpaper is intended for 'Home screen', 'Lock screen', or 'Home and lock screen'.
  • Another set of options will appear where you can choose where the photo you would like to use will be coming from, namely the Gallery.
  • If necessary, crop the image to a suitable size. Once satisfied, simply click 'Done'.

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down for about 2 seconds until a menu appears.
  • From here, click “Save Image“, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by, first, going to the 'Photos' app and selecting the wallpaper photo you've saved there.
  • Click on the share icon on the lower left corner of the screen, then select 'Use as Wallpaper'.
  • Then choose to set the photo as either the lock screen, home screen or both.