Gratitude journal
three good things

Jul 13, 2019

‘Here I can be the person I really am’

So said one of our group at our Blessing of the Hands on Saturday morning. Its a profound and important statement, one which sums up the spirit of Lourdes and reflects the power of Our Lady to inspire compassion, kindness, generosity and those many other qualities so necessary to make this a successful week.

The Blessing of the Hands is a short and sacred ceremony that instills confidence and hope that we can be our best this week.

Thankful for a reasonably relaxed day today, which included our welcome mass followed by a visit to the Grotto as a group and Cafe Society on the roof in the evening.

It’s an honour and a privilege to be welcomed and greeted by so many pilgrims and APs this year. After five years I feel I have at last got to know most of the regulars.

Many people came up to thank me for organising the coach, which was humbling.

Also grateful for waking up with a clear head this morning. The benefits of a sensible approach, not mixing drinks and getting back to the hotel by midnight. I should try it more often!

(Thank you for the photo, Sidney – a great shot)

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of
recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to
higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions as well as
a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

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