The past year has not been the easiest for me. I’ve been dealing with an unemployed husband, a job loss of my own, significant health issues, crisis situations involving extended family, and an exuberant child who tests the limits of my patience on a daily basis.
But, during this time, I’ve also found a wonderful community of freelance writer friends and fellow moms, was able to volunteer several times at my son’s school, had some extra time to spend teaching my grandfather about the joys of Facebook, and celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary.
My life is far from perfect, but reminding myself to be grateful for the blessings I have gives me the strength to carry on through the tough times.
Gratitude Journal: 100 Days of Thanksgiving is a tool to help you make a conscious effort to develop a more grateful heart. The goal is to devote 100 days to counting all of the blessings in your life, including the challenges that have worked out to be opportunities in disguise.
It sounds silly at first, especially if you’re naturally a pessimistic person. And, getting in the habit of writing everyday may take awhile if you aren’t currently a regular journal keeper. But, the shift in perspective you’ll develop when you make a real effort to be more grateful can have life changing consequences.
GJ100 can help you be a better friend, a better wife, a better mother, and a better person. In my opinion, that’s a pretty amazing payoff for just 10 or 15 minutes of your time each day.
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