Autumn is a great season to nurture a thankful heart. As you decordate and prep for the Thanksgiving holiday, take the time to check in on yourself, slow down, and be thankful.
As the leaves change and the temperature drops, I feel the urge to don boots and a beanie and search for that perfect, imperfect pumpkin. I prefer to think of the Thanksgiving holiday as one that celebrates blessings (and pumpkins).
This is my first year in a place that hasn't quite felt or looked like fall. Hello, southern Louisiana. (Read about my big summer move here) I will admit, it's difficult to get into the mood and embrace thankfulness while it's warm outside. (Side note: This, I know, is a ridiculous notion. I have beyond enough to be thankful for. More on that in the next post.) Such a difficulty makes me realize that something needs to change.
And, it's me.
Do you find yourself in a circumstance or situation that makes it hard for you to celebrate the season with gratitude? I am talking about more than the weather, here. I can empathize. I have many reasons, but I also have a plan.
"Reflection is an anchor for change."
My plan is to learn to be thankful all year, not just on Thanksgiving. But, before I can get to the practical list, there is an important first step. Reflection is an anchor for change. If you want to change your attitude to that of being continually thankful, then there needs to be a time of reflection. What causes you to not be thankful? Is there truth in that or is it a lie? What causes you to be genuinely thankful? Why? Spend a little time thinking about these things.
1. Start a gratitude journal.
The goal here is to record 3 things you are thankful for each day. Be specific! After a while, you will have lists of thankfulness. Doesn't that sound good? I am using this little notebook.
2. Prayers of thanks.
Do you pray? If you do, have you ever just heaved up prayers of just thanksgiving? If you do, then you know that your mood can completely shift from cloudy to bright. It's beautiful.
3. Tell someone you appreciate them.
I wish, I wish, I wish we could be the world where this happened more often. I don't do it enough and I don't hear it enough. It's time to start. Tell a different someone each month how thankful you are for them or how much you appreciate their work, friendship, or fill in the blank. Yes, it's OK to tell your pet you appreciate them. :)
4. Reflect each month.
At the end of the month and do a big sweep of things you are thankful for. Life moves so fast that we sometimes just miss opportunities to be thankful.
5. Thankful reminders.
This last one is just a little gift from me to you. Print it out and hang it where you can see it every day. It will help you slow down, take a breath, and just give thanks. Show me where and how you hang it on Instagram! Use the hashtag #ThankfulAllYear
Go ahead and get started in the comments below. What did you come across during reflection? What are you thankful for?