Monday, November 19, 2012

Your 30-Day Gratitude Challenge


Before Night Falls
Suzanne McDermott
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Give Thanks Every Day

The Oxford Dictionary definition of the word gratitude is

"the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."

Readiness to return kindness is a key part of gratitude. Each time we give thanks to someone or for something we express appreciation. One aspect of appreciation involves increase in value. Gratitude raises consciousness and allows expansion. Gratitude can be contagious, we simply have to be willing to expand.
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"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."

― Melody Beattie

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Thanksgiving Day comes but once a year

Thanksgiving is a symbolic day,


a reminder to celebrate all that we have to be grateful for.Our harvest.

Thanksgiving also marks our final stretch to the darkest day of the year. Let's brighten each day between now and the winter solstice with an intentional remembrance every day for one thing we have to be grateful for. The winter solstice is exactly 30 days away.

If you play this game, on the darkest day, you'll have been practicing brightening each day with this gratitude challenge.

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"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."

-- Oprah Winfrey (You know who she is.)

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Your 30-Day Gratitude Challenge


Here's the plan:


Make a list right now of 30 things you have to be grateful for. List numbers 1 - 30 then free form it. Don't worry about what's the most important or about listing anything in order of importance. 

Just write one thing you have to be grateful for after another until you've listed 30 things. 

No need for perfection — we have way more to be grateful for than we can express in a list of 30 things.

Are you healthy, wealthy and wise? Give thanks for that. Are you cancer free? Do you have seemingly insurmountable challenges but you're still standing? Give thanks for that!

Don't be shy about sharing your list. It's a way of inspiring someone else.

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."

Albert Schweitzer


Do it alone or make it a family affair; an after Thanksgiving Dinner game (even if you're glued to the flying pigskin.) But don't forget about the list once you've created it. 


If you're writing free hand, copy the list onto your computer if that will help keep your list in front of you for the next 30 days. Tape your list to the bathroom mirror or onto your computer or in a conspicuous place in the kitchen. You get the idea. 
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My list of 30 things to be grateful for

  1. clean drinking water
  2. hot running water
  3. a place to live
  4. food to eat
  5. clothes to keep me warm
  6. my eyesight
  7. my hands
  8. my legs and feet
  9. my lungs
  10. my brother
  11. my awesome friends
  12. and teachers
  13. Susan in CT 
  14. Susan in L.A.
  15. the YMCA
  16. Shambhala Meditation
  17. Kundalini Yoga
  18. all my available resources
  19. my students
  20. the sun
  21. sleep
  22. my optimism
  23. my resourcefulness
  24. my time on earth
  25. you, for reading this
  26. my health
  27. not living in a war zone
  28. my parents
  29. my ability to read
  30. my cats
That's 30! Right off the top of my head.


Now it's your turn!

Scroll down below and click on "Post a comment." Share your list of 30 things you have to be grateful for and inspire us all. Are you the first to comment? Be brave!
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A Simple Prayer


"Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. "

—Alice Walker

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1 comment:

jennifer anderson said...

I am grateful for living in the United states,for air condition, heat, hot water, electricity, hardworking relatives/ancestors, creative relatives, christian ancestors,modern day medicnes, books, prayer, religious encouragers, pell grants, scholarship programs, freedom, opportunities,braces for teeth, health and beauty aides, internet, technology, feasts, babies, paper, pens, angels, Jesus, our creator, a bed, bra's, celebrations.