I gave a lot of thought to gratitude and being thankful this week because Monday was Thanksgiving (since Canadians get Thanksgiving a month earlier than Americans and I love turkey, I like to celebrate both months!). There are a lot of opinions about what the holiday is meant to be, but I know what it means to me.
I know some people get stressed out about the family get-togethers and the meal preparation but I don’t let it get to me. We don’t really do be family meals now anyway since we moved away from “home” so our Thanksgiving (and Christmas, and Easter) dinners are pretty much just the four of us. That takes a lot of strain and pressure off.
We divide up the food duties too. George handles the turkey as well as the black eyed peas & rice. I do all the other sides. It works well and we get the meal on the table quite easily.
So that leaves a whole lot of time for being thankful. As I said in a recent blog post, I find my life increases in joy and decreases in anxiety when I take the time to show some gratitude. It was working so well that I decided to keep a notebook with a minimum of three things I’m grateful for every day.
I’ve missed a couple of days but overall I’m doing well with consistently jotting things down and I find it helps a lot to make myself sit down and think of things that were wonderful that day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s something big (today, for instance, I’m grateful to have a day off from work to be home for George’s birthday) or whether it’s something small (reading my book outside in the sun). As long as it’s something that made me smile, it’s worthy of my gratitude.
Because of this new habit I’m finding it’s harder to hold on to the unpleasant or negative things that may crop up during the day. I’m pushing myself to see the positive every single day and it changes my whole outlook.
And speaking of grateful, right now I’m grateful that I get to announce a winner for my Simply Straws giveaway from last week!
Congratulations to Randi! Randi said she would like to use her straws to drink her Pepsi and that she loved that the straws are easy to clean. Yay! Randi, please email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass it along to the good people at Simply Straws.
Tell me! Do you keep a gratitude journal? Do you use a pre-made journal or a notebook like mine? How has it changed the way you look at the world around you?