Where do the days go? Yep, it’s been another two weeks plus. Let’s just say that due to unforeseen circumstances I had to take a mini hiatus but BABY I’M BACK!
While the days rolled by I contemplated what to write about next, was it a Top 5 list, share an inspirational quote…admit it, we all like a little goodness in our day :-). Then I was thinking I need to put more on Facebook, what kind of impact could I make there and on and on. Well, after all that, tonight I felt led to talk about GRATITUDE.
I know, tis’ the season that everyone and their brother are going to be writing posts about thankfulness. However, I thought I’d get a jump on things and add my two cents on the subject early.
One of the main reasons I named this blog Design Your Days was because I believe that each day is a gift which should not be wasted but “designed” to be IMPACTFUL. What does that look like? How do I do that? Well, in my experience a heart of gratitude makes all the difference.
Now, I know you are going to tell me that LIFE usually gets in the way and dictates how our days evolve. I get that, I have been there…it’s not easy…maybe it’s big stuff like a death, divorce, financial stress. Maybe it’s the little stuff…wake up late, no coffee in the house, car won’t start, driver cuts you off, can’t meet the deadline at work, forgot lunch money, get stuck in a meeting, pick up kids late, dinner turns into take out, the list goes on and on…
We can’t let our circumstances dictate our attitude. Admittedly easier said than done!
Everyday you have a CHOICE. Choose gratitude first!
I’ll help you get started…let’s think of ways to HAVE gratitude…you’ve opened your eyes in the morning to another glorious day (meaning you are alive and breathing), you have a roof over your head and heat to stay warm, you have food in your pantry, your kids are healthy and thriving, you have work that you can do, you have a car to drive that also has heat to stay warm, you have family and friends that are willing to be a part of your life and love you despite issues and flaws, you live in a country where you have freedom. There are MANY ways to have “the quality of being thankful”, only one or two of these examples may resonate with you BUT this should get you thinking.
After realizing how amazing you have it and what blessings are right under your nose, it’s time to go SHOW some gratitude. Thank God for another day, the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, thank the barista for that delicious holiday drink, help a person (family, friend, stranger) in need, open the door or elevator for someone, let that car in even though they aren’t using a turn signal, tell your significant other how thankful you are for them, tell your kids the same no matter how young they are, smile at people, call an old friend or a new friend and remind them how you appreciate them. The “readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness” should become a daily attitude.
I challenge you for the rest of the month of November to embrace the attitude of gratitude by having and showing thankfulness. Each day THINK of three reasons to be grateful and then DO three things to show kindness and thankfulness to others. At the end of the day journal down all the goodness and see how your days start becoming more impactful.
You design your days, so make each one count!
How do you have and show gratitude? Are you ready to take my challenge? I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.