I pulled out my 2016 gratitude journal this weekend, and perused the contents, looking for commonalities among my daily entries. I thought that I could hone in on what I truly value by sifting through what I was grateful for--a metacognitive way to look at my values through gratitude, from the heart instead of my head.
Here are the common threads in my journal:
- Time spent with my family
- Shelter, clothing, and food
- Fulfilling work, with a paycheck
- Finding fun in little things, like glittery nail polish
- Connecting with wonderful people
- A sense of accomplishment that comes with completing tasks
- Health, and readily available, affordable healthcare
- A good night's sleep
- Good books to read
- Quiet time alone to rest, think, decompress
- Time spent outdoors.
Nothing on this list surprised me; rereading this list makes me feel content and happy. Several of my goals for the New Year align with these values--going to bed earlier, taking care of my health, planning retreats, spending more time in nature.
I've found my focus for 2017, thanks to the old year's gratitude journal.