Today, I started writing a list of what I am thankful for. The first list doesn’t start with what, but who. I know that my priorities get way out of line quite often. When I write down a list of what I am thankful for, I find out that my list really is all about who I am thankful for. Once I am able to see what/who I am thankful for, I am able to have a better idea of what/who is important to me. One of the interesting things about priorities though is that the things that are most important to us often get pushed to the side, because we take them for granted.
What are you really thankful for? I am very happy that I have a house, comfortable clothes, a car that drives, and food in the fridge. But those are not at the top of my list. Those are things. The sad thing is, how much time do I spend devoted to those things instead of to the people that I really care about. Because for me, the list hasn’t been about the things. My list is all about the people. And I was amazed by this. Out of all the people that I’ve written down (I’ve got a page written, and I haven’t even really gotten started), how have I showed them that I am thankful for them? If I do not show them that I am thankful for them, will they ever know? Or will they just feel like they weren’t that important in my life?
I want to live a life that is full of gratitude. So I am initiating on this blog the gratitude challenge. Create a list of who you are thankful for. Then find a way to show them your love in a significant way. It may be a note, a picture, an email, a song, a call, a letter, or maybe a gift. This is from your heart to theirs. And we can do this all the year around, but this is a time that we really remember how much we are blessed with. How much we have been given. As the nation sits back and celebrates Thanksgiving, how will you show yourself to truly be giving thanks? I want to be someone who is thankful to others before time runs out on me, whether that be seventy years from now, or seventy seconds. We have today, and no guarantee of tomorrow. I hope you love like crazy this week, and join me in the gratitude challenge!
The Gratitude Challenge
1. Create a list of who you are thankful for.
2. Then find a way to show them your love in a significant way. (It may be a note, a picture, an email, a song, a call, a letter, or maybe a gift. This is from your heart to theirs.)
3. Enjoy that you took time to give love.
4. Have fun!