Be thankful in all things. Easier said than done. Get real peeps. Life has moments that seem to be anything but fodder for gratitude.
Illness – yet may be a way to slow us down. Solitude – but may be a way for us to deepen our relationship with God, or free you up to be available to someone else in solitude and needs a friend. Mondays – have to get back to the grindstone, however it gives opportunity to put into practice what we learned in our weekend worship times. I could go on, but these are more attitude adjustments.
I came across a great article on exercises to increase one’s gratefulness. Here are four of them …
1. Take a photo everyday of something you’re thankful for. I mean, we do the 10 year photo challenge, the grandparent trophy challenge … let’s do the 5 days of gratefulness phot challenge.
2. In transactions with cashiers, baristas, waitresses, and others, take time to look at them, make eye contact and really thank them.
3. Put up gratitude ‘stop signs‘ … literally. Maybe little post-its with STOP on it to make you stop, look around, find one thing to be thankful for right then and there. Maybe a weird alarm time on your phone (11:37, etc.) and stop, look, thanks.
4. Write a eulogy for a loved one. The difference here is do it while they are still around to hear it. Give it to them as a way of saying thank you. Note: do not date it in expectation as to when the real eulogy will be needed.
Other ideas … tiny anonymous notes of gratitude left in coworkers workspace, comments on others’ FB, IG, blog … thumbs ups are great, but to take time to write a word of thanks makes a big diff, or keep a journal of blessings … such a journal helps us return to the highlights of our journey and say, ‘thank you.’
Any ideas you would like to share?