Gratitude: the quality of being thankful;
readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.
November. Thanksgiving. Gratitude.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, this is the perfect time to practice gratitude. Tomorrow is the first day of November. November makes me think of being thankful/grateful…which leads to us to gratitude.
You don’t have to feel grateful to be grateful.
I would love to take credit for that quote: “You don’t have to feel grateful to be grateful” but I heard a Pastor Steven Furtick say it on television last week. So this is it… it’s ok if you don’t have a bunch of fancy stuff to write down. I don’t either. Here are some things that I have written in the past:
I am grateful for:
- Coffee…yes! Plain old coffee and especially creamer. Last week, I didn’t have my special creamer and it was torturous.
- The stranger who took the shopping cart for me… yes. Just that simple. Do you know why I was so thankful for the stranger who took the shopping cart back to the grocery store for me? It was because I had been at the chemotherapy lab all day with a loved one and I couldn’t walk another step.
How Do Yo Start?
At the end of each day, take 5 minutes to reflect on something that you are thankful/grateful for and write it down.
- Make time for yourself.
- Take time for yourself.
- Keep it easy. (start with 1 thing) You don’t have to write a long list. Just start.
***I’m going to start with just one thing. I’m also going to write in my journal before I go to bed at night.
If you miss a day, so what. Just write the next day. It’s okay. There are no rules because it is your gratitude journal.
Here are a few ideas:
- Just start.
- Grab some paper and staple it together.
- Use a spiral notebook or a journal.
The benefit comes in writing down your thoughts. It is not about what the journal/notebook/paper looks like so don’t let that hold you back. You could even write it on notebook paper. The beauty is in the reflection. I know that participating in the 30 Days of Gratitude will give you opportunity to see your day in a different light.
Fill your heart with HOPE one word at a time.
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