Choosing Gratitude

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A couple of weeks ago when I wrote about having an Eeyore kind of day, I told you that one of my goals for November was to choose gratitude. Well, what does that really mean? According to the dictionary, gratitude is the quality of being grateful, AND having the readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness. Wow! Looking at the actual definition of gratitude has totally sparked a change in my thinking and in my goal. In my mind, I was thinking that gratitude just meant a feeling of thankfulness.   I wanted to look for moments of gratitude rather than focusing on the negative things in my life.  When I look at the actual definition of gratitude, I see that it is much more than just a feeling.  Yes, feeling gratitude has to come first, but it isn’t supposed to end there.  You have to actually be willing and ready to SHOW gratitude towards others and RETURN kindness to those that you are grateful for and who have shown kindness to you.  Not only should we feel gratitude, but we have to express it as well. With Thanksgiving only 2 days away, I am reminded even more that we should all choose gratitude and act upon it, but we shouldn’t just do that in November or on Thanksgiving day.  I believe that it is something we should do always. Now, I have decided to upgraded my goal for the month and extend it to ALWAYS (not just November) and change it up a bit.  My new goal is to choose gratitude by focusing on the positives in my life instead of all of the negatives AND to begin to express my gratitude to those who mean the most to me. I know that I am really bad at showing and expressing my gratitude for others.  It is something that I always struggle with. I feel like I often take things and others for granted. I know I don’t say thank you enough to the people that mean the most to me and that do things for me and make my life easier or thank those that love and support me despite all of my flaws. Today I want to take the time to show gratitude to all of the people in my life.

  1. First and foremost, I am grateful that I have a God in heaven that loves me. He is a mighty God who truly knows me down to the depths of my soul and continues to show up for me despite my sins and my failure to show him gratitude and praise daily. I am grateful for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon me and for the many answered prayers.
  2. I am grateful to have been blessed with the perfect man for me, my husband. He is someone who really gets me. He is someone that supports me no matter what my crazy ideas are. He encourages me. He keeps me sane. He puts up will all of my issues, and never stops loving me. He is in amazing father to our girls and someone that I so thankful to have as my partner in life.
  3. I am thankful that I have two beautiful daughters who are growing into these amazing young ladies. I am thankful to my oldest for making me a mom, for keeping me laughing, and for being a better version of me. I am thankful to my youngest for her spunky spirit, for always keeping me on my toes, and for her kind, sweet heart. I am thankful that they both make me want to be a better mom every day.
  4. I am grateful for my family…my mom, dad, and sister. I wouldn’t be who I am without them. I can’t tell you the number of times that my parents have come to my rescue. I am so thankful for that. I am thankful that they raised me in a Christian home and sacrificed a lot to give me the most amazing childhood.  I am thankful to my mom for being the greatest example of motherhood I could ever ask for. I am thankful to my dad for being a strong Christian man who I know would lay down his life for me.  I am thankful to my sister for always looking up to me even when I am not the best role model. I am thankful that she still loves me despite the fights and arguments we have had over the years.  I am thankful that my girls have all of them in their lives. There is no other family like mine, and I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world.
  5. I am beyond grateful for my grandparents and the fact that my children have been able to know and love 3 of them. What a blessing that is to have 4 generations together! I’m grateful for the Christian example that they all have been to me and for the unconditional love that they have always shown me. They have all had a huge influence on my life. I look up to them so much and the thought of ever loosing any of them is almost too much to bear. They truly mean the world to me.
  6. I am thankful for my extended family…my in-laws. I am especially thankful to my mother and father-in-law for raising such an incredible man. I have been so blessed to have had them both in my life. I am thankful for the way the whole family welcomed me all those years ago with open arms and never once have made me feel like I wasn’t a part of the family. Many people dread their in-laws, but I am lucky because I got the best ones on the planet.
  7. I am thankful for the amazing friends that have come in and out of my life over the years. I’m not sure I would still be here and be somewhat sane without them in my life.  My tribe is everything to me.  I am so thankful to each of them for always being there for me and for being my “mommy counsel” and my rocks.
  8. Finally, I am thankful for all of you, my loyal readers. When I started this journey almost 2 months ago, I never knew where it would go, how it would be received, or what it would come to mean to me.  The fact that you all keep coming back each day to read what little old me has to say, is beyond amazing to me. I am truly humbled and so very grateful. Thank you!

There are so many others that deserve gratitude for touching my life in one way or another, but I will spare you all from this post going on for days! I challenge you to use this week to not only choose gratitude in your life by focusing on the things that you are thankful for whenever those negative thoughts or feelings enter your head, but I also challenge you to reach out to those that you are grateful for and let them know your heart.  Choose gratitude, demonstrate gratitude, and show kindness throughout this holiday season and through the year.

Anchored and Grateful,

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