Thankful for a reminder.

Thankful for a reminder.

Reminder? I have a number of photos from my history that, when I look at them, a huge sense of thankfulness wells up. They’re a reminder of all the good in my past…

One is a photo of my grandparents. They’d been living in a tent for a year as they cleared land and built a house in Northern Ontario, Canada. They were city people, transplanted with their 10-year-old son (my father) to the wilderness. They read books to learn how to farm. That photo humbles me and fills me with gratitude. Would I have had the courage it took to do that? And when I reflect on how I’ve benefited because of their sacrifices… it humbles me. And fills me with great thankfulness.

Another photo I have is of our children when we were homeschooling. It represents the freedom to learn and to come-and-go as we needed. I’m thankful for that time with them.

What photos are you thankful you have as a reminder of something good?

And maybe what you’re thankful for are not photos.

Maybe the reminder is a letter, or a drawing or a knick-knack… My mom moved from her apartment and so many of the items would not have been precious to you or me, however what was important to her were the memories attached to each item that reminded her of the people who gave them to her.

Consider.

What would you grab if you needed to leave your home quickly because of a natural disaster? What reminder is too precious to be without – not because it has a monetary value, but because it makes you feel thankful?

Make a list if there’s more than one reminder…

Many times our feeling of thankfulness can be increased if we consider why we have the items we own… they may be reminders!

thankful for a reminder

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Thankful for being served.

Thankful for being served.

Being served – in other words, not doing it yourself – is a privilege.

When someone does something for us, without prompting or expectation, we are usually thankful. When people serve above and beyond expectation it’s highly lauded – in the press, in stories and song.

However, that’s not what I’m asking you to look at today…

I’m not referring to those who do more than we expect.

Rather, what about all those people in our life who do their job and it benefits us in small, seemingly inconsequential ways… perhaps we almost don’t notice their service?

(Or, worse than not noticing, we are critical…)

Are you thankful when people meet your needs as part of their “job”?

The most obvious way we demonstrate we value service is when someone gives us our food in a restaurant. We leave them a “tip” according to how we feel they performed. However, when you leave your monetary extra with the cost of the bill, are you thankful for their service? Or do you expect good service because you’re paying for it…?

The other day I picked up an online order of groceries. I drove to the store and a young fellow brought them to my truck through torrential rain. He was obviously soaked. And yet he was cheerful, as he did the exact job he’d been hired to do. However, I can honestly say that I felt a huge sense of gratitude. He was doing his job – but his work made my life easier.

Take a mental walk through your week.

How many people served your needs as part of their job, and you merely expected it, giving it little value in your mind/heart?

(Or, perhaps you criticized their performance, even if it was only in thought… I wonder if we devalue other’s work when we dismiss it because we believe we could have done it better ourselves… — Maybe you’ve never done that… Food for thought?)

Maybe the person providing service was your spouse — they put gas in your vehicle or carried out the trash, or made the bed… and you might have noticed, but did you really feel thankful?

Perhaps it was the maintenance worker who was filling the holes in the street or picking up trash or the group of workers who were improving where you live.

Or the minister who prayed with you, or for you. (You might not even have known – but I suspect there are more praying for you than you believe.)

What about the mail carrier or Amazon Prime Package Person?

Or the health-care scheduler who phoned to make your next doctor’s appointment.

You get the idea, right?

Make a list of all the people who have served your needs this week – and really dwell on their value. And experience how appreciative you are of their work because it means you don’t have to do it all yourself.

(I haven’t filled any holes in the road, re-connected my own electricity, cleaned out my own sewage line, hauled water from a well, or chopped wood to heat my home this week.)

If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll realize how many, many, many people contribute to your well-being…

And yes, it may be their job.

However.

Feel grateful that you live in a world where your needs are met…

Be thankful you have the privilege of being served…

...in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1Thessalonians 5:18
being served - be thankful for all the ways others make your life better

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Feel loved? Be thankful!

Feel loved? Be thankful!

All of us have different ways we feel loved.

If I were to use Gary Chapman’s theory of “The Five Love Languages”*, I’d say that:

  • a gift,
  • or a specific time spent with us,
  • or a hug,
  • or when someone did something for us,
  • or when someone said certain words to us

one- or more – of these actions – made us feel loved.

To feel loved in life is precious.

We can be profoundly grateful for the experience of feeling loved.

What times in your life – what happened – to make you feel loved?

Play the experience out in your mind… imagine it happening again.

If you can think of more than one experience of feeling loved, were there correlations?

Let’s list all the times you felt loved.

Too often we play back the negatives over and over… let’s use our time to consider the positives. Feeling loved is one…

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8


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* Gary Chapman is a marriage and family therapist who is the founder/originator of the concept of the five love languages. It’s the idea that we all speak one of five different “Love Languages” and if you’re not feeling loved by those closest to you – or they aren’t feeling loved, there’s a good chance you aren’t speaking to them in the way they translate into love. Sound simplistic? It is. However, it’s often the most simple ideas that have the most bang. (Rob and I recommend this theory to every couple, parent, and person – it’s made a huge difference in many people’s lives… ) Go HERE to learn more!

Thankful for qualities values and virtues.

Thankful for qualities values and virtues.

What are qualities, values and virtues?

They’re the intangibles we see in others, that we want for ourselves. Everyone is different – yet many of us strive for similar values.

Do you see the ones you admire in others?

Do you see them in yourself?

Are there ones you don’t want, and would never feel thankful for…?

For which qualities, values and virtues are you thankful?

Rob and I decided a long time ago that the three values we’d work toward in our life together would be loyalty, optimism, and discovery. We are thankful whenever we can share aspects of these qualities with each other and experience them in others.

Other virtues we are thankful for – in ourselves and others – are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And more. (If you’re wondering, they’re from HERE.)

You can’t touch or own any of these virtues.

They can’t be bought.

And sometimes they’re fleeting.

Yet, at every time, we’ve been thankful when we experience them.

What qualities, values, and virtues are important to you?

Can you make a list of the virtues, qualities, and values you would be thankful to experience in others? Or nurture in yourself?


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Thankful for Inspiration

Thankful for Inspiration

Inspriation. Where do you find it?

Words can inspire.

Social media is filled with memes to inspire. We have phrases and quotes printed, painted, and created as art – and then we display them in our environment.

Words have power.

What words and phrases have an impact on your heart? Do you have favorite poetry that speaks to your soul? Which words or quotes have played a part in your life that make you thankful you had them – at that time?

Make a list of these powerful words.

And if you find this prompt for thankfulness difficult, reach out to gather ideas from your friends and family… think of song lyrics, or a homey “saying” a relative had. As a Christian, I treasure different Scripture verses and hymn phrases. They bring me great thankfulness.

As an example of this idea, I remember watching a movie where the heroine had a book from her mother filled with inspiring thoughts. Her mother had passed into eternity, yet the heroine had that book filled with words to draw close to what her mother felt important.

Inspiration

Could you create a book filled with words and phrases that inspire you? Start with this prompt to be thankful… begin with one inspiring phrase.


thankful for inspiration

Talking about inspiration – in August and September I spent time creating journaling cards with hymn lyrics, and then little booklets as a home for those cards.

Some of them are in my Etsy shop – check it out!

Thankful for a destination.

Thankful for a destination.

Destination: Where do you look forward to going — and arriving?

It could be a vacation destination. Or the destination could be your home. It could be a place in the world. Or the destination could represent something you had in the past, but no longer have… but going there (even imagining going there) brings a sense of joy.

Grateful to get there.

For five years we lived near Dallas, Texas. I remember returning from trips late in the evening and seeing the iconic Dallas skyline. The view became an indication of the life we had in that city. And I felt an overwhelming sense of awe and thankfulness every single time. We haven’t lived in Dallas for more than a decade, but I still remember with thankfulness that destination experience.

On my 50th birthday, we stayed at a place called “Lion’s Head” on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario Canada. Rob arranged the trip because the destination holds a dear spot in my heart. Growing up, every June we’d camp there. The travel and arrival at Lion’s Head meant the beginning of summer. And 50 years later I still have a joyful sense of gratitude when I think of that destination.

What about you?

Are there places in this world where, when you get there, you’re thankful? What and where are they?

Thankful for a destination

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Thankful for work.

Thankful for work.

Are you thankful for work? Just as we’re thankful for play, we also can be thankful for the work we do.

Thankful for work you do…

As an example, I’m thankful to do laundry. Sound nuts? Are you shaking your head at me? Well, I had a lovely experience of traveling and living full-time in an RV for a number of years. One thing I missed was my own laundry machines. Now, I have some again, and I am immensely thankful to do the work of laundry in my own space with my own machines. That “work” is fun for me.

How about you?

For what “work” in life have you felt a deep gratitude?

Perhaps it’s a career you’ve worked hard to enter, and the path to that career wasn’t all fun. But now… well, you’re very thankful to do that work.

Maybe it’s a role in life which you’ve longed for… being married, being a parent, etc. Yet through the work of being and doing what’s necessary for that role, and even though some of it is hard, you feel an immense thankfulness.

Or it could be a simple case of being remunerated financially for the labor you do. For those who have experienced long (or short) periods of unemployment, finding a job which can pay the bills feels greatly satisfying. And there’s a huge thankfulness from having income to meet basic needs because you’re doing that work.

Make a list of all the work you’re thankful you can/could do!

Make a list of all the work you’ve been thankful for over the course of your life… I’m guessing you might feel quite optimistic once you see it all written down.


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Thankful to play.

Thankful to play.

What are your favorite games?

Do you have one game that you’d choose over any other?

Thankful to Play!

Our little grandson is learning checkers. It’s the precursor to teaching him chess… Our son enjoys video-games. My husband loves solitaire as a way to decompress. As a family, we’ve played many games including UNO, Scrabble, and Monopoly.

Maybe these kinds of games aren’t your choice – maybe your preference is an active game like soccer, tennis, or baseball.

It’s important to play.

Play is something that’s not serious. It has no impact on our life except as an enjoyment. Play is something many of us leave behind when we’re adults… but we don’t have to!

Think about all the games you enjoyed as a child.

Could you make a list?

Now, what’s your favorite?

What are ten favorite games? Which ones could you pull out and play today? Thankful to play!


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However, everyone can have a free copy of the digital document!

Thankful for a Challenge

Thankful for a Challenge

Challenges. We’ve all had them. Life is challenge.

They’re either something we use to push ourselves forward or we are determined never to repeat them. Ever!

Regardless.

How can we be thankful for a challenge?

From every challenge we’ve ever experienced, there is something to gather: a sense of gratitude.

Rob and I have gone through some challenges in life – things we would have chosen never to go through, yet couldn’t avoid.

There were other challenges that we sought – and would seek again if given the opportunity.

Most parts of a challenge are not fun. At all.

But challenges are worthwhile.

Sometimes you know the worth of the challenge up front:

  • marriage is a challenge – but what a great value!
  • children can be amazing challenges
  • an education brings many challenges to help you grow

And then there are times when a challenge seems like it’s worthless, yet what you learn going through it has value:

  • illness
  • financial troubles
  • relationship conflict

So, regardless of the perceived quality of the challenge, which challenges could you be thankful you endured?

Maybe you came through the challenge and are on the other side right now so you know – fully – the worth of what you experienced…

Perhaps you’re still in the middle of the challenge and there’s no end in sight…

Still.

Take a close and deep look at all the challenges you’ve had in life and be thankful for how you’ve grown through them…

Thankful for the growth through challenges!

And maybe part of documenting them is explaining exactly why you’re thankful.

thankful for a challenge

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Quiet, Loud and Sweet Sounds

Quiet, Loud and Sweet Sounds

Quiet loud and sweet sounds. If we’re privileged to have the ability to hear, we all have favorites…

I can think of many sounds that I prefer over others. I’m guessing you may be the same?

Which sounds in your life make you smile?

I’m sure there are sounds in your life that you enjoy.

Maybe it’s music. This song is one I “hear” in my head when I’m rejoicing – it’s by Mozart.

Perhaps it’s an environmental sound like waves against a sandy shore or the rustle of wind through the leaves.

What about voices or laughter? Your favorite sound could be your loved ones’ voices… a beloved baby’s giggle…

Instruments? The wail of a bagpipe, the strum of strings on a guitar, the beat of a drum, and more…

Think of all the sounds in your life that make you thankful. What are they?

Quiet loud and sweet sounds.

In my “30 days of Thankfulness” journal I used a piece of junk mail and the backs of Dollar Tree implements I bought to create a pocket with tags. I’ll be writing down a list of sweet, quiet, and loud sounds that I prefer… You can see the quick video (less than 1 minute) showing the above by clicking HERE.

Or the much longer video where I talk about bagpipes, a movie we love, Scottish thistles, etc, as I make the above set of journaling tags. Click here for that video.

What about you?


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Feeling thankful for the taste!

Feeling thankful for the taste!

How thankful we can be when we taste our favorite food…

What is it?

Spicy, sweet or salty?

Do you have a particular food that rings your bell…

When you smell it cooking it can cause you to salivate?

I’m guessing that you – like me – may have more than one favorite.

Feeling thankful for the taste!

Don’t wait till your birthday, or a special event. Why not indulge just a little bit in that favorite food today!

Luxuriate a bit with your favorite food.

If you can.

(I’d love to have a Harvey’s Poutine right now. But I can’t get to Canada. So that’ll have to wait a bit. Don’t worry – I’ll think of something else.)

Feel thankful you have the opportunity to have your favorite food – when you have it!

Leave a comment! What’s your favorite food?

Thankful for the taste of our favorite food

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Celebrate the value of old – and be thankful.

Celebrate the value of old – and be thankful.

The value of old... What and who have been with you for a long time?

Think about:

  • people who have played a part in your life
  • items you’ve used for many years which are helpful
  • books, and instruments – music and movies – those experiences that bring you joy when you re-visit them.

New can be good.

But sometimes “old” has a special place in your heart and your life.

The value of old - spend some time today considering all the areas in which you value what's old.

Today I’d like to encourage you to review all those things and people which you hold dear… maybe reach out, pull that old book off the shelf, reach for the teacup, that movie or that person you have a special connection with.

Be thankful for all those areas in your life that have good memories. They may be old, but they still have great value.

The value of old. Celebrate it – be thankful.


Leave a comment! What’s “old” in your life that you are thankful for…

I’d love to give this fun package to you!

Just comment on one of the “30 Days of Thankfulness” posts here on PositiveThankLiving – from October 1st to October 30th 2020– and I’ll (randomly) choose one person* who comments to receive this fun package!

*Unfortunately I can only mail to someone in the USA at this time. (I had two packages to Canada fail to be delivered), so this drawing is only available for those in the USA.