SoCS: Key is Gratitude

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdaywhenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You can do it too!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “key.”

The key to surviving depression is gratitude.
Every day I write about what I am grateful for, and often it is
just a line during the day in my calendar journal.
The more depressed I am the more I do gratitude if I want to
move away from the dark matter looming in the corners of my vision,
waiting to slip into my consciousness.

I record joyful moments.

But no mistake, I also record the horrendous.
Right there in my art journal or writing journal next to the gratitude.
Writing it down, doing image, releases it from my mind.

But daily I write and draw gratitude.

This morning I am grateful for Mitchell doing “Tiger Cat” with Izzee and Gibbs on the bed.

I am grateful that we get to have our buddies with us while we work.
When the cats get to the studio we tell them all about what we are doing…
they run along joyfully as we open the doors in the rooms they are allowed,
feed the crows on the roof, put out fresh water,
or if I make a new climbing hiding chair tent for them to explore.
Cleaning litter becomes play when Izzee catches the sound of the scooper in the sand…
And I laugh when I hear Mitchell finally have to banish her so he can get the job done.

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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4 Responses to SoCS: Key is Gratitude

  1. Astrid says:

    Wow, I applaud you for being able to focus on gratitude even when or particularly when you’re depressed. I try to do this too, but it’s ha rd fo rme to set any daily requirements such as on journaling. I love #SoCS and other stream of conscious writing though.


    • My gratitude notes are usually in the form of a line or two in my calendar journal — right along meetings with clients! I find I can keep a commitment that way, and feel uplifted without it being a huge ordeal. I went through a terrible depression when I found out I could not have kids — lasted months. I sometimes barely moved all day. Thankfully I am not in that situation now, just very saddened by what is going on in the world and in my family. ((huggs))

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  2. JoAnna says:

    Gratitude works wonders! It makes a big difference when I make a list. More powerful than saying it. I like the idea of writing it on the calendar or drawing it. Gonna do that!


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