Yesterday, we took some time to express gratitude for someone who has brought joy to our life. For today’s exercise in Conscious Writing, continue this practice of feeling and showing appreciation.

You don’t have to wait for something to happen to show appreciation or wait for someone to do something for you.

Today, set aside a few moments to find something to appreciate. Start by appreciating what you have, even if your circumstances are not ideal.

Take some deep breaths and appreciate yourself, for no good reason. Practice saying “I appreciate you” to yourself. I suspect you work hard taking care of your household, your health, your creative practice, and possibly family, friends, and pets. Give yourself some love.

Finally, think of one thing you appreciate about someone else and let them know about it.

To add a creative context, spend some time appreciating your creativity, even if you don’t have all the skills you wish you had. Appreciate your curiosity, your good habits, and your current skills.

Appreciate your ability to set aside time for your writing, to learn, and to do the work.

Finally, show gratitude for someone who supports or inspires your writing.