The time 5 pm hits on Fridays
Not limiting myself
Friends who blog!
Texts from my grandpa
Trips to the art museum:
Pictures of my parents when they were younger
Organizing my closet
Surprising other people
That weird mix of nervousness and excitement
Keeping life uncomplicated
My safety and health
When random strangers are just plain kind
>>>Happy Thursday! Above you’ll find a small fraction of the things I’m thankful for today – what are YOU appreciating today? I’m reading a book now called Thanks! by Robert A. Emmons and already on chapter two know that this book is pretty life-changing. It’s already reminded me just how vital it is to count each and every blessing. In the next few Thursday Thankful List posts, I’ll be sharing what I’m learning about thankfulness and gratitude from the book. Here’s what I learned this week [taken from pages 4-5 of the book]- it’s important to think of gratitude in two stages.
- Gratitude is the acknowledgement of goodness in one’s life. In gratitude, we say YES to life. We affirm that all things taken together, life is good and has elements that make it worth living
- Gratitude is recognizing that the source(s) of this goodness lie at least partially outside of the self. Gratitude is OTHER-directed. We can be grateful to God, other people. animals, but not oneself.