The Appreciation Station Journey
It is often said that New Years Eve is a let down – somehow never as exciting as we anticipate.
For a long time, this was certainly the case for me, as I would spend the night with my friends remembering all the things we had failed to tick off our lists that year. The formula was usually not enough travel, love or exercise, and too much time spent at work and overindulging. With this as my focus, no wonder New Years Eve always felt like a let down!
2012 was no different, except that in response to my declaration of zero achievements, a good friend reminded me that 2012 had actually been a year of many exciting events for me, all of which I had somehow forgotten. I spent all of New Years Day wondering how I could forget starting a new job, moving house (twice), going to Thailand for a yoga retreat, celebrating the wedding of close friends and all the other cool stuff in between!
I decided that year, instead of making new years resolutions, I would spend the year living in the moment being grateful for what I already had.
I committed to writing down one thing each day that I appreciated.
In order to stick to this commitment, I created my very first Appreciation Station to collect these moments of gratitude. The impact of this habit was profound. My physical and mental health had transformed, I felt calmer and happier. On New Years Eve that year, instead of feeling frustrated and disappointed, I felt happy, proud, loved, and ‘on track’ with life. What an amazing difference!
I hope you also experience that same joy when you read all the notes in your very own Appreciation Station.