I’m going on a 30-day journey and I’d love for you to come along with me.
Where are we going?
I’m glad you asked.
We’re going to a place called Gratitude.
This isn’t foreign territory, but I don’t think we visit this place enough.
You see, when I’m needing to calm my spirit, it helps when I pause and think about all the good things in my life. You know, the things that we most often take for granted like running water, transportation, food, family, friends, health…. you get where I’m going – right?
Just so you know, this journey isn’t intended as an escape from reality. I’m fully aware that America is not great again.
In fact, it’s in peril.
Even as I write this post, there have been civilian protests going on in cities from the East Coast to the West Coast. The National Guard has been activated in several cities all while a police officer who once took an oath to serve and protect has now been charged with murder.
As I watch all this unfold, I’m longing for a new narrative. I believe a journey to the place called Gratitude will soothe my soul, even in the midst of chaos.
So, are you in?
This is how we get to the place called Gratitude.
You’ll need a jar or a bowl; pen and paper. (A personal journal will work fine too).
Everyday for the entire month of June, write down on a piece of paper at least one thing for which you are grateful. You can do this in the morning, evening or anytime you wish. The objective here is to find a moment during the day where you reflect and determine to be grateful for a specific thing in your life. Once you’ve written down your thoughts, place the paper inside your jar or bowl. Do this every day without fail.
At the end of the 30 day period this month, (and yes, I will be checking in with you to see how this is going) pull out your notes and read them aloud.
This exercise has been around for a long time and you’ve probably seen different variations. Yet, the impact is profound. People who regularly express gratitude bring a different energy to the party called life. I’ve written about this in other blog posts too. There’s all kinds of research that supports the notion that people who regularly express gratitude are generally happier people. Their energy is contagious. They attract goodness.
In this hour, we need all the goodness that God wants to pour out. This is a simple exercise that I believe will position you and me to receive treasures from heaven. After all, I believe that’s what we all want.
I’m so glad you’re joining me on this journey!