Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. There’s something about harvest time, spending time with family, and the idea of being thankful. I resist jumping right from Halloween to Christmas because I feel like we ngeed space to be thankful before heading into a holiday that tends to focus on things that we want (and by implication, things that we don’t have).
As the old hymn says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.”
Beyond counting our blessings, how can we cultivate gratitude? How can we live a more thankful life?
These are the questions we’ll be exploring over the next few weeks in the Facebook group.
Week 1: Commit to practice gratitude.
By focusing on counting our blessings, I don’t mean to pretend that everything is hunky dory. We all have problems. This is the real world. But if we are alive we have something for which to be thankful. Week 1 we will make a commitment to focusing on those things, rather than things for which we are not thankful.
Week 2: Find your purpose.
Another key to living with an attitude of gratitude is having a sense of purpose. We will explore this topic together as a way to provide a new perspective on being thankful.
Week 3: Live in the moment.
The week leading up to U.S. Thanksgiving we will focus on living in the moment. This too is a way to increase our thankfulness and cultivate gratitude.
Win a Gift Card for Participating
Challenges usually have some sort of prize to encourage participation. When I was thinking about what to offer as a prize, it struck me as kind of weird to be doing a challenge about counting our blessings and then offering something commercial as a prize. So I decided that I will draw one winner at random and the prize will be a $35 gift card to World Renew’s Gift Catalog. If you win, you will choose how to bless someone through gifting one of the “best gifts ever.”
One example would be ducks, as shown in this video:
You can see all potential gifts here.