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.
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.