Mid-week Inspiration– Counting Your Blessings
I love this time of year. As we approach Thanksgiving, we’re all reminded to be grateful, to pause and consider our blessings. If you are on Facebook, you’ll see lots of folks posting what they’re thankful for each day – 30 days of gratitude. What a wonderful idea!
I’d like to suggest another idea to you. How about 365 days of gratitude? Sound like too much? It’s really not. You can develop an attitude of gratitude.
I learned this from Margie Lawson. She teaches a class every January that is helpful for writers to become more productive. In that class, I learned to keep a journal–a simple daily journal like the one shown in the picture above. And I’ve been doing it for nearly 5 years now.
The idea is to have one page per day. On the day, put the date, put how many hours you slept, and put 5 things you are grateful for that day. You put the number of hours you’ve slept so that if you start feeling TERRIBLE later in the week, you can look back and realize–I need some more rest! You list 5 things you are grateful for THAT day, not tomorrow or next week, but that very day. This is important, because we can’t know what will happen next week. But we can know that we’ve been given another day where we feel healthy, or the rain is falling on our dry yard, or the cat is healing quickly after her surgery. Once you list your 5 things, if your day starts to fall apart, you can look back on your list and realize that your life isn’t terrible. You do have things to be grateful for.
You use the rest of the single page to write a to-do list of sorts. I suggest you NOT go over 10 items. Most days I have 5-6. This is plenty, and you won’t feel so overwhelmed. At the bottom, Margie suggests you list a reward. This might be 30 minutes with your favorite book or a walk around the block. Rewards don’t always cost money!
I think gratitude is a very good thing, and once you develop this habit – it really can change your outlook.
Blessings to each of you during this holiday month,
ps – our winner for the Christmas Give Away #1 was Linda Marie Finn. Congratulations, Linda! You can still enter the 2nd giveaway here.