Alphabet Gratitude: A

Feeling grateful for autumn splendour:

To shake up my daily gratitude journal writing a little, I thought I’d go through the alphabet.  So let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…


And while I could sit here all day long coming up with the longest list of A’s to be grateful for – of which there are oh so very many –  I’m choosing the first A that comes into my mind.

And today, that A is autumn.


Mother Nature’s glorious palette of golds, reds and oranges is a treat for the eyes…


… the crunch crunch crunching of the leaves underfoot makes my spirits soar…


… and the craft of leaf rubbing delights my inner child.

Lefar rubbing heart

I appreciate how this season’s stunning beauty softens the blow of summer ending. Of course I’m not keen on the colder climate, the shorter days, and the approach of winter, but autumn’s stunning leaf art outshines all the other seasons.


I just love those glorious blue sky days when the sun illuminates the trees. I especially love my tree, the one I can see from my bed. And on those dark and dreary days when the sun pops out to say hello, I can’t take my eyes off its gorgeous golden glow.


Thank you autumn, you truly are one of Mother Nature’s best shows.


I’d also like to give an honourable mention to my altar. Since I spend most of my time in my bedroom, I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to transform a little part of it into my very own personal altar.


My spiritual space is calming, peaceful and safe; like a warm, comforting embrace. It’s full of beautiful positive energy, with things to lift my spirits and fill my heart: my buddha, candles, cards, singing bowl and chimes, sage smudge stick, and my sleeping cherub, mini Ganesha and Shiva statues.

I could go on and on with A’s I’m grateful for, but I’ll stop right now 🙂

I’d love to hear what ‘A’ you are grateful for today…


10 thoughts on “Alphabet Gratitude: A”

  1. Oh my. How come have only I just found your page !!
    Every post that I have read so far just resonates with me. We have so much in common and our journeys look quite similar (as far as I’ve read that is). My name is also Helen, I too have ME/CFS and at the start of the year to help to keep a positive mind I started to take photos to help me remember on the bad days of the little events in my week that #makemehappy which has since lead on to trying to be more mindful and intentional about how I use my, now precious, energy, finding the YOU app, and more recently meditation and yoga and starting a daily gratitude journal.
    Thank you for sharing your journey and your posts have inspired me and have got my creative juices overflowing with ways to be me grateful and finding the ‘happy’ in my days. Being positive and grateful is such a powerful way to cope with our illness on the more hard days. Thank you again. I’m now off to read more of your posts but felt that I just had to stop and write to you..
    Wishing you lots of good and happy days
    Love and hugs

    1. Hello Twin 🙂 It was so so lovely to read your message. Thank you so much for getting in touch. I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to respond – in typical CFS fashion I’ve had a little crash, after the amazing few weeks my Kindness Advent Calendar has had.

      I love how we are on the same journey – although I don’t love that you also have CFS, that really sucks 🙁 I wholeheartedly agree how being positive and grateful is so powerful on our healing journeys, and I’m sooooo glad you’re finding they help too.

      Do you have a blog that I can read Helen, I’d love to stay in touch. Sending you love+hugs Xxx

      1. I hope your ME is settling down and that you are starting to feel a little better. I have very recently started a journal/blog as a place to keep my attempts at living more slow and mindfully in one place. It’s at and I have been greatly inspired by your page (I hope you don’t mind) and yes I would love to keep in touch

        Love and healing hugs xx

        1. I think your blog is lovely Helen, and I hope it’s helps you in your healing journey too. DoYouYoga is such a lovely website isn’t it, I’m glad you’re enjoying it too 🙂 Do you have a subscription section so I can subscribe? Love+healing hugs to you too Xxx

          1. Thank you for your lovely comment and encouragement. I’m afraid I don’t have a subscribe section yet. To be honest I’m not sure how to but will look into it.
            Thanks again
            Love and hugs
            Helen xx

          2. I remember how it took me ages to work everything out when I set up my blog and I’m still learning now. Take care Helen Xxx

          3. Think I’ve sorted it
            Have a lovely Christmas filled with lots of happy moments and lovely memories and a Happy New Year (and take care with those energy levels)
            Love and hugs
            Helen x

  2. A+ for today’s post dear Helen, so lovely to share in the splendor of Autumnal magic with you. The A I’m most grateful for today is the awesome soul sister I have in you xॐx

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