A key focus for this week’s MKMMA is Gratitudes. Seasonal? No. Timely? Well it could seem most certainly at this time of year we have so much more to be grateful for, yet gratitudes truly are a daily practice. If we want to experience even more to be grateful for, than feeling genuine gratefulness for what we have now, is essential.
Gratitudes have been a daily practice for me for quite some time and the feelings I get when I verbalize my gratitudes is a warm wash of comfort and joy. What I enjoyed so much about this week’s lesson was the simple fact that being grateful is the CAUSE in the Law of Cause and Affect- what an important reminder! The more we are grateful for, the more we get in return and therefore more gratitudes again and again.
The class is writing out 3 gratitudes every day…with no repeats! How cool is that? The gratitudes don’t have to be for the big things in our lives…all gratitudes are great! A morning coffee, a hug from your loved one, the washing machine for easy clothes cleanups, your eyesight so you can read this…..many many things all around us to be truly grateful for. It is a fun exercise and what was particularly fun was sharing this with my 7 year old granddaughter, Cadence. She now has her own supply of index cards and has begun the same fun exercise. Seeing her enjoying it as well, is…well…another gratitude for me!
I heard of an idea a long time ago on a radio show and implemented it last year….I journaled every day about what I was grateful for about each of my 3 grandkids ( 10, 7 and 3). I made the journals from an on-line book making program…super easy and super fun. Each grandkid has their own journal filled with pictures of them and each day I handwrote a gratitude. It was a year of gratitudes for each….small things to big things, and everything in between…..the best part is not only the feeling of each day’s notes…a few sentences, but the feeling I now have knowing I will be giving them each their journals in the next couple of days. The oldest will have no problem reading my handwriting. The middle and of course the little guy will, so it will be an added bonus to cuddle and read out loud to them….a full year of gratitudes.
My vision is to do a journal like these, A Year of Gratitudes, every year, and some day when they are teens, or in their 20s or even older, they can reach for a particular year’s journal and read some or all of what I was grateful for that day, of that year. Maybe they will do something similar for their own children one day.
So as I wrap up my gratitudes for the year-end gifts to these small important people in my life, I wonder how they will be feeling about getting these gratitudes from the months, weeks and days long gone by. If they will feel a tiny bit as excited as I have felt adding to their gifts each day, it will be a thrill for them.
Gratitudes….sharing them is where the beauty and the power starts. What a gift to self!
- Expressing Gratitude – An Important Key to Happiness (justingordon8.wordpress.com)