Recently a friend challenged me to take the gratitude trial. I was to list three things I was thankful for each day, for five days. It’s a pretty small effort. Most of us can find fifteen things for which we are grateful. I accepted the challenge and completed it. I passed the test on to two of my sisters and a friend.
What I found was that I have a LOT to be grateful for. I was surprised when I started typing my thoughts down for Facebook. Everyone addresses this differently. I’ve seen one word responses, such as “chocolate,” and I’ve seen paragraphs describing a mother’s love for each of her daughters. Everyone responds to this differently, but each of them must stop and think about the quality of their life before they can answer.
I’m a list maker. I spend a lot of time listing what needs to be done, and fretting when something on the list keeps getting carried over. I am an impatient person, and I want to resolve issues NOW! I was surprised that many of the things for which I m grateful are those which have come to me over time: having lived to the age of 65, having three lovely grandgirls and a grandson, having a roof over my head and a place to lay my head at night. Yes, I like chocolate, too, but it seemed that it was the big things in my life that came to me first.
I’m fortunate to have an established exercise class which gets me up and running three days a week. I’ve been going to that class for so long that the members feel like family to me, and I’ve taken two of my sisters, and a niece to the class. Now that Dear Husband has retired, he goes with me to class. A dozen or so of the members babysat my indoor plants while we were between houses. How’s THAT for friendship!
I also participate in a small group that makes lapquilts for those in need. I consider those ladies to be friends, too, and would do anything they need. We only meet once a month, but we keep in touch by e-mail, and I’m astonished at how hard they work. I love it when I see their names pop up in my mail.
I think I may continue listing three things for which I am grateful for a while. I’m interested to see where this will take me. I know it sounds a bit hokey, but I encourage you to give it a try. You might learn something about yourself in the process!