On a recent business trip to London I wanted to fit a run in.
I was staying in a hotel in Shaftesbury Avenue and was up and out the door by 6am one day and running around Buckingham Palace and Green Park.
London was relatively quiet with only a few cars, early morning commuters and other runners who were no doubt also enjoying the peace that only this time of the morning can bring.
The last time I ran around these roads was over 18 years ago when I was living in Dulwich and training for the 2000 London Marathon.
I remember running back over Westminster bridge early one morning as part of 16 training mile run and was stopped on the bridge as a film crew were filming the live action version of 101 dalmations with a big London bus covered in spots.
As I ran further along I started to reflect on how far I had come, not just on the run as it was only a short 5 miler but how far I had come in life.
The ups the downs, the challenges, the success and I just started to smile.
Smiling like a cheshire cat and really feeling the gratitude for life, for my health, my family and for the opportunities.
Running for me helps me clear my head but also helps keep me sane.
I have suffered from depression and anxiety in the past as it appears a lot of creative people do, but I have come to the conclusion that when one is depressed we are only focussed on the bad stuff and not how much we have in our lives.
Gratitude is a place where the magic happens.
In this space and this feeling is such a huge energy buzz when you really feel it deep down that is makes you shine brightly and this attracts the good stuff of life.
In the times when I've been down and feeling just crap about life for any length of time I have attracted more crap and the dark clouds just got darker and darker until, I got up and took action to get some air under my feet and the blood pumping.
Then the clouds start to lift and I can clear my head and start to think about what I have in my life and the gratitude starts to slip back in again.
Don't look at what you haven't got, think about what you have got and how far you've come.
If you can start each day with a feeling of gratitude then your day can only go upwards because gratitude is the language of the truly rich.
Ask yourself these 3 simple questions
Feel each one deep down not just answer each question and gloss over it.
To your onward success
With gratitude as always