So here we are, the first week in August, and more than halfway through the year that we never expected. Summer was not what we planned, and now in many places the back-to-school sales are awkwardly being promoted in chain stores that we’re barely allowed to walk in to while knowing the kids are not actually going back to school. Annual routines of summer vacations, play dates, public swimming pools, closed by state fairs and school shopping – well, those routines have certainly been disrupted.

Working from home has disrupted our routines. No more quiet rituals with just you and your coffee cup, not while kids are blaring YouTube and husband is Zooming from home on his headset. They are always there and you can’t escape to Starbucks or to the library.

This type of event is often also an unconscious excuse for disruption of other habits that were good for us. If the change in routine means you have forgotten to keep up with your gratitude journal or practice, let that end today. We are in a new month and we are counting down 145 days until Christmas. Christmas is not cancelled, and neither is gratitude. I know there have been times where it feels like there is nothing to be grateful for. But if you are reading this, then that means you can read and you have access to the internet. That’s 2 things right there. 

If your routine has been disrupted in such a way that you can’t restore your prior gratitude practice, then embrace the new normal and start a new practice. If you can not journal in the morning, maybe you can find some time at lunch or afternoon tea or right before bed or when you go to the bathroom. Involve your family and play the glad game at dinnertime or right after bedtime story. 

There is still much to look forward to, but since it is not routine, we have wake up and come alive to realize what it is.

(Image credit: okiepony)

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