Sunday, 27 November 2016

The importance of Gratitude

I hit the grand old age of a quarter of a century over the weekend - 25, and on the run up to it I decided to do a little project on social media, particularly on Instagram.

I was 25 on November 26th, so for the first 26 days of the month I decided to make an Instagram post, mentioning one thing I am greatful for each day.

The point was I didn't feel like I was appreciating things in life as much as I should be, and when you consider the poverty and suffering of human beings and animals around the World, that feels rather selfish to me.

Every day we see images coming out of Syria and other War torn countries and it dawned on me that those people would give anything, just to be able to go to sleep at night, without wondering if they will wake up the next day, or if a bomb will destroy their home and kill them overnight, something which we take for granted, in countries such as the UK, which aren't war torn.

But it's not just what's happening abroad, right here in the UK people are living in fear, such as the young person who comes out as LGB or T and is disowned by his or her family, or the people who have no choice but to live on the streets as they have nowhere to call home.

So every day for 26 days I posted a picture and said what I was greatful for. Some things had a serious tone such as being grateful for those who fought in the War and for my family, for whom I am so greatful, but there were also more light hearted ones, like if I was grateful for a t-shirt I was wearing on a particular day (I did two Star Wars t-shirt posts, I'm obsessed I can't help it!), or if I had got a new book which I was greatful to have.

I am so happy I did it because it really made me realise how lucky I am and how much I have in my life to be grateful for. Here's a summary of all the posts:

Why not give it a go? If you do decide to give it a go please get in touch and let me know, you can find me across all social media platforms or drop me an email -

And...don't forget to follow me on Instagram - @sam_wisesw

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