Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

Although every day is a day of thanksgiving, November seems to mark the season that many people begin to really hone in on why they are grateful. 2020 has been full of distress, to say the least, and one may wonder, "What reason do I have to be grateful?" It may not be easy, but I implore you to look beyond the despair, grief, injustice, and uncertainty of this nation and turn your heart and mind to a place of gratitude.

Last month we talked about loving, apologizing, forgiving, and living. We discussed how each one could have a significant impact on your health, physically and mentally. Gratitude is no different. Gratitude is a state of mind of being grateful. No matter how big or small, tangible or intangible, start your day with gratitude. Gratitude is a feeling that is full of positive emotions.

Over these next five weeks, start each day with a heart of gratitude.  Choose your own path, or follow these suggestions.  Whichever you decide, remember to have an attitude of gratitude.  

  • Week 1 - Let's express our gratitude for our nation.  NO, it is not a perfect nation.  However, if we take the time to do our part, it can become a better nation. Exercise your gratitude toward the men and women who fought for your right to vote.  Election day is just one day away.  Don't sit back and let this moment pass. 
  • Week 2 - Many lives have been lost due to COVID-19, and, many others due to social injustices. With a heart of gratitude, let's honor those lives.  We would also be remiss if we did not honor the lives of those who have served and those currently serving in the US military.  Whether it was someone close to you or someone you heard about, these individuals have played a significant part in your life and the life of others as a spouse, parent, child or other family member, a caregiver, healthcare professional or other essential worker, and military personnel.  These individuals will never be forgotten and the gifts that they are to you and others should be honored with grace and gratitude. 
  • Week 3 - Show gratitude for yourself.  If you practice self-love and self-care, take some time to celebrate yourself or give yourself a treat this week.  What are some things you enjoy doing and can safely do this week to love on yourself?  If you have not taken good care of yourself, it is not too late to start.  Show yourself some gratitude by practicing self-love and self-care today.  
  • Week 4 - Focus on the family. Take this week to show gratitude for your family and extended family with a phone/zoom call to catch up with each other.  Maybe family members can take turns cooking dinner this week so it's not all on one person.  Or, just take some time to thank those who do what they do in your family. It doesn't have to always be something big or extravagant, simple acts of kindness and appreciation can go a long way.  
  • Week 5 - Focus on Others.  In this time of social distancing, a gift card can be a great way to express gratitude. You can drop it in the mailbox of a neighbor to say thank you for the many favors they have done for you, or send it inter-office to a co-worker who filled in on a day you were absent, or put it in an envelope and safely pass it on to a stranger for something as simple as the smile they offer you each time you see them.  

This year has been undoubtedly filled with a wide range of hard-hitting realities that have been overwhelming. But, l ask you not to speak despair into this season. Instead pray with a grateful heart. Pray for comfort for the family members of those that have lost their lives. Pray for healing for those riddled with sickness, disease, mental and emotional distress. Pray for peace in this world. Pray for justice for our black brothers and sisters. Pray for salvation for lost souls. #overcomingisanactionword ...LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

If you are experiencing severe emotional or mental difficulty, please call your counselor, medical provider, and/or 911 for immediate help. For information on mental wellness, visit the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Stay safe, be well, by watching your distance, wearing your mask, washing your hands, and know that overcoming is an action word.

Your comments are welcomed👇What are you grateful for?


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