As we draw closer to the Thanksgiving holiday and the weekend that follows – I amIMG_0398 inviting you to participate in a worthy assignment – on gratitude.  Before reading the instructions – consider what research has shown.

  1. Gratitude helps us feel better about our life and can actually strengthen our relationships by helping us appreciate not only the what we are thankful for, but who we are thankful for and WHY.
  2. Gratitude steers us away from bitterness and discouragement, as it protects us from allowing our lives to be defined by what we DON’T have.
  3. Making gratitude a “family practice” helps everyone (especially the kiddos) learn to appreciate not only the big things in life, but the little ones, as well.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to grab a piece of paper and a writing utensil of choice, go to a place where you can be alone for a while, and list four things you are truly thankful for.  Doing this will not only put you “in the moment” by taking you away from all the distractions in your daily life – it will force you to think deeper about a person, a circumstance, or something that blesses you.

Writing these four things down will immediately connect you to whatever is on your list.  It will bring you happiness to remember and to recognize the place those things hold in your life.  Reacting to whatever you are thankful for is one thing – we do it all the time by saying a quick  “thanks” … but this assignment just may encourage you to respond to who or what those four things are in a more meaningful and thoughtful way.  Showing your gratitude is a gift in itself and something our world needs more of.

As for me – I believe God has blessed me in ways I give little thought to – so I am going to take some time over the next few days and before writing my four – I’m going to really think about what they are.  It is my hope that this assignment finds its way to a few of you, as well, but if not – to all of you – a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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