Practicing gratitude is a great way to open our minds and hearts to the blessings in our lives. #gr8ful #musebrad
I am most grateful for my growing connections with readers and other bloggers. I appreciate everyone who takes time in their busy life to read, like, comment and share my posts. You mean a lot to me. It’s been two wonderful years of blogging filled with joy, gratitude, pain and challenge, just like life. Thank you Zeenat, Eric, Skye, Carol, Sharon, Balroop, Christi, Paula, Leslie, Denise, Kaligrafi, Diana, Luca, Esther, Shannon, and many more that I have not named. Your love and support inspires me to keep writing. Thanks!!!
This month I’ve been sharing in two gratitude challenges, one organized by Kindspring and a local group sharing on Facebook. I had signed up to participate in 2 organized gratitude challenges, but realized I didn’t have the time to connect with both communities. So as I’m learning to be more gentle with myself, I decided it was OK to drop one of the programs. I continued on with the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge with Kingspring. I like how they sent a daily email with a suggestion for practicing gratitude and a story to both inspire and give you a launching point for gratitude.
Watch this video to celebrate gratitude: Grateful: A Love Song To The World.
Writing about gratitude everyday can change our mental patterns by training the mind to look for good. I’ve also noticed that I feel better when I spend time to experience gratitude beyond simply writing about it. Much like affirmations and goals, when we combine mental focus with emotion or passion, they have more power.
Sharing my gratitude on Facebook with friends was the best part of this month. Somehow it seemed more real along with a sense of accountability by sharing publicly with my friends online. The Kindspring emails were my inspiration to share my gratitude story on Facebook. Although not as consistent as I prefer, I gave myself permission to miss postings. As a recovering perfectionist, this is a fairly big deal. 🙂
I’m learning to celebrate progress, realizing that the process is often more important than the results. As coach and fellow blogger Eric Tonningsen reminded me, I’m being kinder and more compassionate towards myself. And that feels great!
If you want more inspiration for growing gratitude, here’s a touching story about gratitude and a father’s gift to his daughter.