It's been 7 weeks now since I first officially started
the gratitude challenge.
7 weeks since I challenged myself to become a woman of gratitude and asked you to join me.
How have your 7 weeks been?
I will admit, I've begun to falter.
I haven't kept up with my own challenge of at least 5 things a day in my new gratitude challenge. I've let to-do lists, days away, and chaotic schedules keep me from my moments of sitting and taking notice- keeping track of the beauty- and it's had an effect.
I write this with honesty as I want to encourage the rest of you to start afresh if you haven't started yet, and to keep going if you started but, like me, began to falter.
This process does not have to be perfect.
Don't get discouraged.
It's important to maintain the focus- even if you drift for a bit. Stay the course of finding joy in your life and noticing and living in the blessings that surround you daily.
AND TAKE NOTE OF IT.
Keep a gratitude journal.
It's possible, I know, to find gratitude without a journal. But if you are like so many others already on the path of being more of a complainer, more of a negative thinker, more of a person that struggles with finding joy all around you (and I've been through that stage of life more often than I care to admit)- a gratitude journal really can help change you. It can be the start of something grand and miraculous in your life. So I challenge you, whether you have started and are doing better than me, whether you started but are discouraged at a short list, whether you haven't started yet at all, grab that journal or sheet of paper and write a list RIGHT NOW (I just did too) of at least 5-10 things that you are grateful for RIGHT NOW. And keep adding.
Not many of you have commented much right here on the blog yet. It's okay- don't be shy. I've had private comments elsewhere, so I know that there are quite a few of you that are appreciating the challenge. But I urge you to share your lists with us. Help keep us all going. Help us to look around and see these types of similar things in our lives too- and don't worry if they are the mundane.... don't worry if it seems small to you; if it's something that brings you joy, a smile to your face, a sense of peace or hope in your soul, a moment of happiness- it's worth writing down and sharing!
So I've got my journal open on my counter again (yeah- I kept letting it get moved around- so I'm trying to make it more visual to keep me on track) and I'm going back to my goal of at least 5 a day... if that's too much for you, I'd suggest 3- . Please join me. Encourage me. Encourage OTHERS! Become a woman (or man!) of gratitude!
- My daughter requesting time with me.
- Coffee filled chocolate hearts!
- My son sharing his dreams and goals with us.
- Having a family that expresses love openly and OFTEN!
- The beginnings of a new garden - dirt, small plants, HOPE for abundance.
What are YOU grateful for this week?