I am blessed (2)

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Remember this?

When I was teaching about prayer in my Church’s Religious Education Program, I taught my students an acronym A C T S which stood for prayers of adoration (Praise), contrition, Thankfulness and supplication.  Whether you’re a practicing Christian or not, I am sure that you have offered one or more of these prayers over the last year.

I share this with you because recently I woke up feeling very grumpy and out-of-sorts. Oh, I’d slept well enough but I awoke with a sense of dread. I had some issues to resolve and suddenly my world seemed to be closing in on me. I set out to do my usual chores later that morning and prayed that I could just get through the day without being so depressed.

Lo and behold, several things happened that made me realize that a) I was blessed, b) I wasn’t practicing what I shared with you about feeling gratitude and showing it and c) I still had a lot to give others. First off, in the shopping carriage, someone had left their cane so I returned it to the Customer Service desk. I had to walk the length of the store to get there but as I soon discovered that was where I was supposed to be. As I proceeded down an aisle, I saw an older woman was balancing small boxes of cereal with one hand and holding onto her carriage with the other for support. Of course, gravity took over and she lost her balance and the boxes fell all over the floor. As I was picking them up for her, she said, “bless you for helping me.” The proverbial bell went off in my head – she was grateful and showed it.

I decided to take some pages in my journal to write out my blessings. I was amazed at how many I had. What I once thought were difficulties in my life turned out to be turning points. Have you ever thought about the thread that runs through your life? If you had attended a different college, you wouldn’t have met your spouse. If you had taken that job you wanted so badly, you’d be out of work now because the company went out of business. We all have those “what if’s” moments.

What if you sent a silly card to brighten someone’s day? Day 9 of Random Acts of Gratitude. Focus on the many blessings you have and show your thanks by sharing with others today.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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My Blessings and Gratitude Pages

Dear Fellow Journalers,

My Blessings and Grateful pages soon took on a life of their own and I began a Gratitude Journal. I transferred all the written pages to the new journal and copied the following saying to the cover:

” To create a poem, to write a story, in all the works of art you do, you are letting God express His gifts to the world through you.”

“Prosper the works of our hands.”

Here are some ideas on what to write in your Gratitude Journal:

  1. Stop. For a moment.
  2. Practice Mindfulness Meditation
  3. Make it a rule to write 5 things you are grateful for per day. Avoid repeating the same things. As time goes by, you’ll be challenging yourself to find new things to be grateful for.
  4. Write about basic material things you are grateful for. Don’t just list them. Express how they made you feel and why you’re grateful for them.
  5. Write about extended material things. If you love to paint for example, express gratitude for the ability to select colors and for the paint you can afford to purchase.
  6. Write about your abilities – not just being able to see – but how you can share what you know with others, how you’re a good friend, that you always try to be kind and considerate.
  7. Write about the people in your life – not just your family. You may find that over time that annoying co-worker is someone you are grateful for!
  8. Write about situations and experiences that have made you happy.
  9. Write about people who have influenced you life – what they did and how you felt.
  10. Write about your spouse and/or children. Write about the big and little things that enhance  your life.
  11. Answer the question: How do I show Gratitude today?

~Sallie

I am blessed

Dear Fellow Journalers,

When I was teaching about prayer in my Church’s Religious Education Program, I taught my students an acronym A C T S which stood for prayers of adoration (Praise), contrition, Thankfulness and supplication.  Whether you’re a practicing Christian or not, I am sure that you have offered one or more of these prayers over the last year.

I share this with you because recently I woke up feeling very grumpy and out-of-sorts. Oh, I’d slept well enough but I awoke with a sense of dread. I had some issues to resolve and suddenly my world seemed to be closing in on me. I set out to do my usual chores later that morning and prayed that I could just get through the day without being so depressed.

Lo and behold, several things happened that made me realize that a) I was blessed, b) I wasn’t practicing what I shared with you about feeling gratitude and showing it and c) I still had a lot to give others. First off, in the shopping carriage, someone had left their cane so I returned it to the Customer Service desk. I had to walk the length of the store to get there but as I soon discovered that was where I was supposed to be. As I proceeded down an aisle, I saw an older woman was balancing small boxes of cereal with one hand and holding onto her carriage with the other for support. Of course, gravity took over and she lost her balance and the boxes fell all over the floor. As I was picking them up for her, she said, “bless you for helping me.” The proverbial bell went off in my head – she was grateful and showed it.

I decided to take some pages in my journal to write out my blessings. I was amazed at how many I had. What I once thought were difficulties in my life turned out to be turning points. Have you ever thought about the thread that runs through your life? If you had attended a different college, you wouldn’t have met your spouse. If you had taken that job you wanted so badly, you’d be out of work now because the company went out of business. We all have those “what if’s” moments.

What if you sent a silly card to brighten someone’s day? Day 9 of Random Acts of Gratitude. Focus on the many blessings you have and show your thanks by sharing with others today.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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