When I began reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts, I didn’t want to leave the world of reverence, humility, and gratitude that the author’s life giving, mezmerizing writing drew me into. I found myself in her kitchen quietly watching as Ann inadvertantly splashed soup suds on her notebook when she set aside dishwashing for a moment to record the wonder of a bubble.
You see, in a quest to live life more fully, Ann takes on a dare from a friend to make a list of 1000 things for which she is thankful. I, too, would like to commit to counting my blessings daily with pen and paper. What we seek is what we find. Over the course of my 31 days of Positive Thinking I hope to find and record 100 or more gifts for which I am grateful… the beginning of one thousand entries in a gratitude journal. I want to practice and learn, train and transform.
Invitation- I invite you to grab some paper and start practicing positive thinking by looking for and recording the gifts in your life… the people and things and moments you are thankful for. Your notebook doesn’t have to be fancy! In fact, when I first started journaling years (decades) ago, I preferred cheap spiral notebooks as journals because they were less intimidating. I didn’t feel like what I wrote in it had to be perfect. If a prettily covered, hardback book will inspire you, get one. But don’t worry about the presentation right now… you can always do something fabulous with your entries when you are done. For now, it’s about the journey. Let’s begin.
Continue to Day 3, My Favorite Quote.
For the introduction and list of daily topics for my project, go here.