Life happens. Blogs get forgotten.
That’s what happened to this little blog. I did my thankful challenge during November for the entire month. I wrote down my thankful item each day. I just forgot to post it on this blog. Here are the rest of my thankful challenge days.
Day 12: I’m thankful for veterans and their families.
Day 13: My parents
Day 14: Ibuprofen
Day 15: Music. I adore listening to music. It’s a great blessing.
Day 16: Cousins are the best.
Thankful Day #17: I’ve been eating really well the last two days. Food tastes better with your parents and sister.
Day #18: I’m thankful for my siblings. I’m thankful for the Accountant and my in-laws. (Don’t know who the Accountant is—go look at the About section.)
Day #19: Cottage cheese. It’s so delicious.
Day #20: I’m thankful for prayer.
Day #21: I’m grateful for a working car.
Day #22: I’m thankful I’m not a turkey today. On a serious note, l feel grateful for so many things. I’m thankful for family ,friends, God, scriptures and music.
Day 23: Clean water.
Day 24: I’m thankful for Nathan’s help today. He came down to the school and helped me move furniture. It meant a lot to me.
Day 25: I’m thankful for long weekends. Thanksgiving break was fun this year.
Day 26: I’m thankful for my senses. It’s good to be able to see, hear, taste and smell things.
Days 26-30 I was tired and really busy at work. I forgot that I am trying to be grateful all November. I’m thankful we get new starts each day.
I’ve never liked the movie Pollyanna. She was always so glad and happy about everything. I don’t think it is humanly possible for a normal person to always be happy.
Despite my dislike of Pollyanna, I do a gratitude challenge every year. During the month of November, I think of one thing I’m thankful for each day and write it down. I’ve learned two key lessons about gratitude by doing this challenge year after year.
#1 I don’t have to be Pollyanna.
Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes life is Really hard. If my dog dies and my car gets stolen on the same day, I am not going to be happy about it. If a well-meaning friend tells me to be happy about it and to write a list of everything I’m thankful for, I might just yell at them. Bad stuff happens. That’s life. Gratitude is not pretending that life isn’t really hard sometimes. It’s not sweeping the pain and real grievances under the rug. It’s acknowledging and feeling the pain. Sometimes you have to feel the pain before you can start to heal. When I realized that I didn’t have to be “happy and grateful” all the time it opened up the possibility that I could be happy and feel gratitude some of the time. That made a huge difference and helped me to learn a second lesson on gratitude.
#2 Gratitude is an affirmation of goodness
There is goodness in the world. There are good people who are doing good things to make the world a better place for all of us. Gratitude is believing in that goodness. Yes, there is also badness and bad people in the world. We’ve seen a lot of that badness in the world the last few months. Gratitude is taking a minute to stop and see the good. You might see the good for a minute, for an hour or for a day. The important thing is that you stop and look for it. There is something magical that happens when you start hunting for the goodness. You will find it.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1)
What will you be grateful for today?
The Gratitude Challenge is in full swing. Here are days 11-23.
Day 23: I’m grateful for the Earth and especially for pretty sunsets.
Day 22: I’m grateful for green left turn arrows at busy intersections.
Day 21: I’m grateful for public libraries. I love the library!
Day 20: I’m grateful the Accountant knows how to fix things. It has sure come in handy over the years when stuff breaks around the house.
Day 19: I’m grateful for email and Facebook. It’s a fun way to waste my time and keep in touch with people.
Day 18: Kung Fu Punctuation. I’m excited and grateful to try it with my students. Every punctuation mark has its own little karate move. We will correct the sentence on paper and then stand up and act out the marks. I think the kids will get a kick out of it.
Day 17: Clouds. I’m grateful for beautiful, interesting clouds to look at on my drive home from work.
Day 16: I’m grateful for blankets.
Day 15: I’m grateful for my siblings and parents.
Day 14: Shoes. I’m grateful for them.
Day 13: Grateful for a working a car
Day 12: I’m grateful for my job. It’s good to work.
Day 11: I’m grateful for all the veterans and their families today.
What are you grateful for today?