The Attitude of Gratitude: The 27 Day Challenge
So today marks the third day of the new month. I’m pretty sure that I say this every month, but I can’t believe that it’s already November. It’s hard for me to believe that the New Year is right around the corner. As most people would like to believe that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, I believe that the holiday season has been arriving earlier and earlier each year. Before Halloween, Target already had Christmas decor set out, and Starbucks already has transitioned to their red cups! Obviously, retailers have no chill! But anyways, the point is that whether we are ready or not, the holiday season is here, and with that comes tradition.
The holidays are a time where we spend quality time and cherish the people and blessings around us. As we take part in holiday activities and gather around the Thanksgiving table hand in hand, we think about what we are the most grateful for right before we dive into the turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato pie. As I was thinking about the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, I was wondering why do we wait until the end of the year to start counting our blessings? Why do we reserve one day to be thankful?
At the heart of thankfulness is gratitude. Gratitude is the emotion that is experienced from truly being appreciative for what we already have. We live in a world of consumerism and comparison that is constantly indoctrinating us into the idea of materialism and social relevancy. In result of that we constantly have the need for more or we feel like we are constantly missing out if we’re not always “on.”
Having an attitude of gratitude is choosing to be thankful and rejoice in all aspects of your life, even when things aren't necessarily going your way. It’s about taking the time to be in tune with your mind and spirit appreciating all of your blessings whether great or small.
This month we are focusing on truly developing an attitude of gratitude. I challenge you all to take about 5 to 10 minutes each day to meditate on gratefulness. And when I say this, I don’t mean rambling off the things that you are grateful. I want you to truly connect what you are grateful for with your heart and spirit. For example, “I am grateful for life. Thank you, Lord that you woke me up this morning. I don’t take it lightly that you've given me breath to continue the amazing purpose and plan that you have for me to accomplish on this earth. I’m so grateful that you have entrusted me with another day to fully glorify you and walk in what you have for me.” Now that is being grateful. Being grateful is about taking what is external and connecting it with what is eternal. Get quiet with yourself and really make that connection. Then tag me in a picture or post of what you are grateful for using the hashtag #fashioninggratitude.