One of my friends is currently doing his yearly campaign leading up to Thanksgiving – #warongrumbling. For forty days he (and others who choose to join him & his family) posts something specific he is thankful for that day.
I am trying to join this year – but don’t always get onto social media – or remember some days. But there is something about this practice. Verbalizing our thankfulness or writing our gratitude down can solidify it – making more of a practice of finding the good in each day, in each moment.
This is a practice that was suggested to me during Mission Year by my city director. And I would do it for awhile, notice my attitude shift, and slowly stop doing it. As I lost my perspective, eventually I would find myself frustrated, more likely to grumble, until I remembered (or somebody reminded me) the practice of daily thankfulness.
[Just last week my roommate noted that during the year he could tell if I had been writing my thankfulness list or not]
How easy it is to lose focus. To get so distracted by some person or situation that is drawing energy that we miss out on the good. There are moments of growth and beauty happening every day. I know that when I slow down and focus and listen, it isn’t that difficult to see God. But taking the step to stop, to slow down, to be mindful is not always easy.
What would my life look like if I consistently practiced gratitude? How would it impact my attitude? How might it impact the people around me?
[photo credit – Kelly Hudgins]