It’s that time of year when we talk about being thankful the most. We encourage children to count their blessings and even ask each other what we are thankful for during a family meal. There’s something about counting our blessings that makes us all a little happier, a little more open and loving. Now imagine if we did that every single day.
Making gratefulness a daily practice really is more than just counting blessings; it’s making a life of joy by keeping things in perspective. So often we can forget just how blessed we are unless we take the time to say a daily prayer of thanks or practice gratitude by keeping a daily journal, or both. I started this practice years ago, and it truly changed my life. There are shelves of 5 subject spiral notebooks filled with daily statements and lists of gratitude in my home, and if I ever start to complain, I can look at them on the shelf and realize that I have literally recorded thousands and thousands of things to be grateful for. That’s quite the wake-up call. And yet, there’s not enough paper in the world to write down each thing to appreciate.
My gratitude journal keeps me on track. Each page is a prayer of thanks to God who gave them to me. Before this year ends, consider getting a notebook and start recording the things that you are grateful for, the people that you love, and your blessings and prayers. I hope this daily practice will continue into 2020 so that you will have, truly, the most blessed year ahead.