This exercise is not much different from what I did for 30×7, in which I recorded up to three things I was grateful for at the end of each day.
In this Adventure, I recorded five things I was grateful for at the end of each day. As with last time, I was grateful for all sorts of things, large and small. Gratitude for the people in my life was a common theme, as was gratitude for who I am and what I can do.
The timing of this Adventure made for an interesting thread related to hockey, my concussion, and how I processed my new reality:
Concussion Day -2: Midweek hockey. Even if it’s ridiculously late.
Concussion Day 0: That I can be adult enough to pull myself out of hockey when I hurt myself.
Concussion Day 1: Truly facing the possibility of never playing hockey again. And being able to consider it.
Concussion Day 2: Being prepared enough to be at peace with never playing hockey again.
Concussion Day 3: More gratitude about having had hockey than sadness about having to leave it.
Concussion Day 4: Many future options now that I have newly freed energy and time from hockey.
Concussion Day 6: That I hold a positive outlook, hope, and excitement in the face of giving up hockey – something I am legitimately grieving over.
I found this quote from the final discussion to be very appropriate:
The past is gone. We cannot change its outcome, except by changing ourselves, and that can only be done in the present.
That really does sum up my week.
I am grateful for the timing of this exercise.
Elephant Adventure 9: Listen to Sounds