I’d just picked up a pair of Nike Air Max for my boyfriend’s Xmas present from the mansion sized TopShop on Oxford street, and even though my toes were threatening to walk out on me for wearing healed ankle boots to Europe’s busiest high street, instead of taking the cramped Tube with other last minute shoppers, I had an overwhelming desire to walk back to Waterloo station.
…Then THIS happened
It started on Carnaby street mesmerised by disco ball Christmas lights, then got stronger being wistfully carried through China Town by the enticing smell of stir-fry, when smiling at the street performers and giant Chanel N5 perfume bottle on my shortcut via Covent Garden, it hit an all time high.
I had been struck by the most powerful feeling of gratefulness I have ever experienced.
With no idea of what had triggered this gratefulness bomb, I let it fiercely explode so that I was walking with my hands out in front of me, palms turned up and saying out loud;
“I’m so grateful, thank you, THANK YOU”
Having taken in views of Big Ben and the London Eye after crossing my favourite bridge in London, I arrived at my destination when my phone buzzed with a text message;
“Just saw this and thought of you”
What we want in life comes to us far more quickly when we practice gratefulness for what we already have in our lives, so when I read that Psychologies and Hay House are looking for a fresh new voice for 2016, my surprise gratefulness bomb suddenly made complete sense.