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

This is part of the 30 Days of Thankfulness – at the end of October 2020, everyone will have the opportunity to download the entire document – almost a book at 8000+ words – with all the prompts. In addition, one person will… Click Here to find out!

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We’re heading into the last stretch of articles in this 30 Days of Thankfulness!

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.


This post is part of the 30 days of thankfulness – have you read some of the other posts? Here are a few:

At the end of October 2020, the entire document with all 30 prompts will be available to download. There’s also the opportunity to win something… click here to read more.

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!


This post is part of the 30 days of thankfulness – have you read some of the other posts? Here are a few:

At the end of October 2020 I’ll be giving away a document with all 30 prompts – and one person with a USA mailing address will win a physical journaling pocket filled with all kinds of tags (see the video HERE). All you need to do is leave a comment below to be entered to win.

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

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.

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.

What’s new?

What’s new?

What’s new – and what are you thankful for?

Maybe they’re two different topics?

Many new things in our life are not something we’d normally feel thankful for…

Seeking how to be thankful for what’s new.

If you’re like many around the world today, there are new protocols, new issues, new discomforts, fears and concerns and more. Most of our lives have been impacted by the new issues which COVID-19 has introduced.

Maybe we’re feeling fear. Or anger. Or we’re feeling sad that what was normal before, is no longer possible.

But I’m asking you to stretch a bit today.

Please.

Try.

What could you be thankful for – that’s new?

Have you had more time with those in your life you care about because a new work or school time-table is necessary? Time with those we love is important – and something for which we can be thankful.

Have you had more quiet opportunities to practice your faith? Without a constant option to “go out”, visit and have interactions, have you spent more time in prayer, reading, and contemplation? Just put aside the nostalgia about the old ways of doing things… focus on what could be good about this new way of growing closer to God. Remember, He knew this was coming – all things will work together for good for those who love Him and are called for his purpose…

Have you learned to use some new technology? Yes, I know it’s frustrating. And you’d rather do it the old way. However. Let’s just take a moment to be thankful for the new opportunities in which technologies have shrunk our world interaction. And now this “new” is becoming available for almost everyone. We communicate via technology with our family who lives miles and miles away. Everyone can be included; those who celebrate their 90th birthday to those who are toddlers.

Everyone is learning something new!

And more new – what are you thankful for?

Yes. I’m asking you to stretch a bit.

For just a moment put aside your fears, concerns, grief, and anger…

Look at the new in your life from a different perspective.

An attitude of gratitude!

(You can do this. I believe in you… )

What's new? Maybe we need to consider our perspective. Develop an attitude of gratitude.

– – This is part of 30 Days of Thankfulness. You can read the original post here.

At the end of October 2020, everyone can download a free document with all the prompts on Thankfulness along with some digital extras.

But there’s more! One person with a USA mailing address will win a handmade package of journaling cards and tags – to enter just leave a comment on one of the posts in this series. November 2nd, 2020 I’ll draw a random winner from those who comment.

You can read and see more HERE.

Water makes the difference.

Water makes the difference.

Turn on the tap and what happens? Water flows.

Most of us don’t even worry about drinking what comes out of our faucet. We have a shower and are clean. We wash our clothes. We don’t even notice the clean clothes until they’re not clean and there’s nothing more to wear.

Water makes the difference.

I’m very thankful for water and I believe you are also. But we rarely think about it…

It could almost be said that having water at our disposal is too easy to really be thankful for it.

Until it’s not easy…

Our son and daughter-in-love participated in a non-profit video shoot in Haiti. Part of the trek included time far up in the hills where there is no running water.

People walk down, down, down, through the bush to the river far below to collect their daily water. Often it’s the children who carry heavy buckets back up the hills to home.

One day, Alex accompanied these children to film the process.

He chose to wear sandals/flipflops. As he tells the story he usually pauses to tell the listeners that wearing flip-flops in that terrain is not a good idea!

They got to the river and filled their buckets and jugs.

The group collected their water at the river and then began the uphill walk on the rough trail back to the village, carrying their jugs.

Half-way back up Alex stumbled and fell to the side of the path. His feet and legs were muddy and messy from the fall.

He began brushing at the dirt.

Then, before he could react, one of the young boys, carrying his family’s water in a heavy jug, poured that precious water over Alex’s legs.

The boy used his water…

That young boy didn’t hesitate to share this precious resource.

Alex says he wanted to tell him to save the water that they’d just walked 30 minutes to collect, but the boy gave too quickly

Think about it.

In a place where water makes all the difference (just like it does here), yet the effort is so much greater than turning on a faucet, would you give so quickly?

Water makes the difference. But first we need a giving heart.

Yes. Let’s be thankful for how easy it is to turn on our faucets and have as much water as we need.

But let’s also use our thankfulness to nurture a giving heart.

We know people – today – who need our help, and maybe it’s going to take more effort than turning on a faucet… can we make the difference?

water makes the difference - but so does a giving heart

– – This is part of 30 Days of Thankfulness.

At the end of October 2020, everyone can download a free document with all the prompts on Thankfulness along with some digital extras.

But there’s more! One person with a USA mailing address will win a handmade package of journaling cards and tags – to enter just leave a comment on one of the posts in this series. November 2nd, 2020 I’ll draw a random winner from those who comment.

You can read and see more HERE.

From Junk into Fun – Giveaway!

From Junk into Fun – Giveaway!

This pretty package of 12+ journaling spots and 6+ tags started as a junk mailer and envelope.

From junk into fun!

My husband handed me this mailer when he came back from our mailbox, and said… “I bet you can make something with this!

From Junk into Fun - Giveaway!
It started as a junk mailer – with a cool shaped envelope and a heavy card inside… Instead of throwing it away, I accepted Rob’s challenge!

So… I did it! I took up his challenge and over a few days I dyed some copy paper with tea, backed the cards and tag and envelope with the paper, and used Gi Kerr’s “Shades of Autumn”

Everything is backed with tea-dyed paper, and then I pulled out my old sewing machine to do the stitching.

(I think it was shocked – it hasn’t been used very much in the last 25+ years.) But I’m happy to say that the ancient sewing machine performed beautifully.

And owls. I found out I like owls… And chipmunks. And squirrels…

Junk into fun - I'm going to give away this package of journaling cards and tags at the end of October 2020 - it's to celebrate 30 Days of Thankfulness

The fall pumpkins and all kinds of beautiful colored paper are all from Gi Kerr’s digitals “Shades of Autumn” and few freebie digi’s.

Also included are fun brads/fasteners in the shapes of oak and maple leaves… All the papers are inked with Vintage Photo distress ink.

The package is tied up with a light and soft cream-colored silk ribbon…

I’m going to give this package away to someone with a USA mailing address at the end of October 2020* – along with the 30 Days of Thankfulness prompts and some digital journaling tags that everyone will receive…

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 – 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.

Happy Autumn!

~ Lori from PositiveThanksLiving.com

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– – This is part of 30 Days of Thankfulness. At the end of October 2020, everyone can download a free document with all the prompts on Thankfulness along with some digital extras.

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Your accomplishments cause ripples.

Your accomplishments cause ripples.

Imagine a still body of water. You throw a rock into that water. What happens?

Where the rock lands in the water there are ripples that move outwards. The stillness is impacted by the stone landing in the water and continues outward.

Your Accomplishments cause ripples - and it matters.

That’s true of your accomplishments.

Even the smallest accomplishment causes a ripple in your environment. Just like a small stone causes a ripple, so does a small accomplishment.

Are there things you do that you dismiss as too small?

Be thankful for even your smallest accomplishments.

The most mundane, the most easy, the most repetitive.

They all matter.

And you can be thankful you have the ability to accomplish them.

Make a list of all you’ve accomplished today…

The smallest things you’ve done will make a difference: a smile, making dinner, a load of laundry put away, responding when the phone rang, praying for that person, preparing for the meeting tomorrow, and…

Remember – ripples happen. What you do impacts others. You matter.

Carry on… and be thankful you can! Even the small things you do matter.


Giveaway! – Enter to win!

– – This is part of 30 Days of Thankfulness.

At the end of October 2020, everyone can download a free document with all the prompts on Thankfulness along with some digital extras.

But there’s more! Enter to win – leave a comment on a post!

One person with a USA mailing address* will win a special package of journaling cards and tags to do some planning… or journaling…

There will be a drawing from those who left a comment on any of the 30 Days of Thankfulness posts in 2020. USA residents can leave as many comments as you’d like – the more comments, the more entries.

I’ll be drawing a random winner on November 2nd 2020 .

*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.


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