Please join me for Weekly Gratitude

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For about five months now, I’ve been taking some time each Friday to reflect upon my life and my week and the things for which I am truly grateful.

The idea came to me when I participated in BlogHer’s November NaBloPoMo. And it stuck. I kept reflecting on my weeks and celebrating the many things I had to be grateful for long after November wrapped up and long after I stopped blogging every day. Soon, remembering to be thankful became part of my routine. I feel off when I don’t do it. Like I am just not paying attention to my life and my world.

Some weeks I have a long list, some weeks I have a singular focus.

It doesn’t really matter.

What matters is the simple act of thinking over my week on a Thursday night or Friday morning and recalling the people, places, and events that made that week what it was. It centers me. In the best of times and the worst of times, it reminds me that there are good things going on in my life. So very many of them.

It helps me be present and in the moment throughout the week. Because the most certain way to have something for which to be thankful for on Friday is to create those moments throughout the week.

And so, since this practice has done such wonders for me, I want to open it up to you.

Starting this Friday, the ominous Friday the 13th, I’ll host my first link-up.

If you engage in some form of regular gratitude already on your blog, come link up! If you don’t, but I’ve convinced you of the value, come link up! If you don’t have a blog, come comment!

There are no rules, here. Just a few things to note:

  • It doesn’t matter what form your gratitude takes. A list, long prose, an image, a photograph, video, poetry. Link it all up. Gratitude can take as many forms as there are things for which to be grateful.
  • It doesn’t matter when you engage in your own gratitude. I picked Fridays, maybe you reflect on Sundays. Each link-up will be open until the next week’s is up, so come link at any point in the week.
  • One of the best ways to notice the things for which you are grateful is to hear about the things for which others are grateful. So read a few other links in the link-up each week, at least the links before and after you. Together, we can build a gratitude community.
  • To badge or not to badge. It’s up to you but here it is. If you’d like to wear it proudly on your blog, I’d be honored.

 

And that’s it. I look forward to reading about your weeks, your lives, and the things that make you smile.

9 Comments

  1. This is a great idea! I have an entire series in my blog about being thankful. The blog titles are “Joy and a Thankful Heart,” “Thankful in Times of Need” and I’ve just finished posting the “Thankful in Times of Sacrifice.” Looking forward to linking up. Blessings, Tina

  2. Sorry, I mixed the letters around in my first name! Hahaha! Now it’s fixed.

  3. Love this…we should all remember to have gratitude everyday!!

  4. Yesterday I added a new chapter to my “Thankful” series. This one is called “Thankful in Times of Difficulty – Part 1″ at Happy Moms, Happy Homes
    http://happymomshappyhomes.blogspot.com/2012/04/thankful-in-times-of-difficulty-part-1.html

  5. “Gardens of Joy”

    Once I was destitute, a captive of sin,
    But then You gave me life and dwelled within.
    You took my waste places, You took my tears,
    You took my heartaches, and all my fears.

    You took that pot, which was made of clay,
    You took all of my darkness and made it day.
    Then gave me wings, made me into a silver dove
    With yellow-gold feathers, covered in Your love.

    You gave me rivers and gardens of joy;
    Things more precious than some material toy.
    You gave me gladness and also thanksgiving
    And filled my heart with continual singing.

    In light of all this, what can I give in return?
    Worship and obedience from a love that is firm.

    by Christina Morley

    from my poetry blog called, Consider the Lilies at
    http://considertheliliespoetry.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-waste-places-to-gardens-of-joy.html

  6. Here’s a new Thankful post titled, “Pass on the Love” on my parenting blog, Amanda’s Books and More, at http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com/2012/04/pass-on-love.html

    This is a bit of what I wrote:

    People who put people down are in themselves insecure. You cannot give to others what you do not have inside of yourself. Yesterday, Samantha (my 11 year-old) came home from a birthday party thoroughly happy and exhausted. I got to hear all about it. She said, “Her mom is the most creative mom! That was the best party ever!”

    I heard, “Her mom is more creative than you.” Of course, that’s not what she said, but one of my main love languages is praise or “Word’s of Affirmation” from Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages. I feel validated when I’m praised. I work harder when I’m praised. You get my drift.

    So, how did I respond? http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com/2012/04/pass-on-love.html

    Have a great Gratitude week!
    Tina

  7. Stopping by from SITS =). I have a similar practice. I don’t blog about it though. Have you read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts? She does something similar and her book and her blog are huge right now.

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