This week I’m talking to those who struggle to write their thoughts down. Let me ease that anxiety for you. There’s no requirement to write down what you are grateful for at all…
As you consider what kind of change and growth you’d like to find this year, I urge you to incorporate a gratitude practice into your goals.
Forcing a feeling of gratitude is one of those things that sounds good in theory, but doesn’t have much substance to it. It’s much like when we force our kiddos to say they’re sorry when they’re nothing of the sort.
What is your family practicing this summer? In between sports camps, theater classes, swim team and summer reading programs, can I invite you into a simple practice that will build the relationships in your home?
Be intentional in what you are practicing.
What we appreciate will be appreciated! Where you put your focus determines your destiny. As we put on the power word “appreciate” it keeps our focus on the good and allows it to expand.
It’s early in the morning and I’m already tired. My to-do list is long. My to-cook list is longer. And yet – I am grateful.
While it is easy to engage in a gratitude practice when things are calm and quiet, it’s quite a different challenge to focus on things to be grateful for when life gets hectic, and it’s even harder to think of them when things go wrong.
Gratitude is a healing balm for broken hearts, a salve for wounded souls and a way for us to look upward, even in our deepest distress. Gratitude and sorrow can co-exist.
Time marches on and the kids really do grow up (honestly, something I barely believed 15 or 20 years ago). What a ride parenting has been. And I’d do it all again. It’s so worth it.
My body has served as a temple, a dwelling place, for my spirit doing almost everything that’s ever been asked of it for almost 44 years and I’ve never once thought about how demanding I am of it. Nor of how unappreciative I’ve been of all it does for me.