Invite someone to join you inside.

Invite someone to join you inside.

Give thanks for all the areas where you’re on the “inside”. Now, invite someone else inside also!

“On the inside.”

What does this term mean to you? It’s probably not about being indoor or outdoor… rather it’s a carry-over from our days in a school or institution.

When Rob and I stopped into a Christian bookstore, one book I leafed through was called, “We Saved You a Seat – Bible Study Book: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships” by Lisa-Jo Baker. One of the many statements that stood out to me was about being dissatisfied where we are…

“The thing we don’t realize in highschool, and sometimes we still haven’t learned during the mini-van driving years, is that everyone is on the outside of something.

But that is only half the story.

We are all, each one of us, also on the inside of something

— often without even realizing it.” 

Think of the relationships you have with people.

Are you thankful for those you are already connected to?

Maybe if we stop comparing ourselves

in our perceived “in” or “out” spot,

and began giving thanks,

inviting and encouraging others to join us,

our lives would hold more joy…

That’s my thought… what does this bring up in you?

Some of us might find making new friends easy. Some of us might feel daunted.

I’m guessing we might share some discouragement from the past – being or not being part of a group for !oh! so many reasons. Is it time to leave that discomfort behind?

We are all adults now.

And yet…

Being candid, that’s one reason I picked up the book from where today’s Positivity Prompt originates. Friendship amongst women has its ups and downs. It shouldn’t. But it does.

We all need to practice forgiveness, overlooking hurts, and serving each other. 

And where some believe this topic is only for teens, consider again. If you’ve ever moved to a new city/state and began forging friendships anew, you might be revisiting some of the issues you felt when you were a teen.

Friendship… making friends and feeling on the “inside/outside” can be difficult.

So be encouraging, and invite a new person into your “inside” friendships… start today!

Who will you reach out to and invite “inside”?

And for whom will you give thanks that you’re already on the “inside”?

If you’re interested, here’s the book – the link is an affiliate link. We saved you a seat - stop fighting to find a way in

Friendship starts with you - Be thankful for all the areaswhere you're on the "inside" - now go and invite someone else "inside" also. #friendship

 

 

 

Kindess: A seed to grow gratitude.

Kindess: A seed to grow gratitude.

Your kindness has an impact. It’s more than just that act, it’s a seed for something greater.

Perhaps you’ll never see how your act of kindness changes the world around you, but I believe we sow seeds with our kindnesses from which gratitude will grow. Sometimes those seeds will languish, and do nothing. But there will be times where those seeds will grow into a blossom of gratitude.

If you see value in a being thankful, then create an environment where others will have specific reasons to feel thankful themselves.

Your generous kindness

creates the environment

for gratitude to blossom in others.

Do you need ideas on practical acts of kindness? Here are 25 ideas on how to be kind for no reason. 

Now, imagine your world filled with thankful human beings. You can make it happen. It starts with your kindnesses – random and simple or deliberate and complex.

When you are kind you are building a more beautiful space. And that is something to be thankful for… yes?

Kindness is a seed from which gratitude grows

Kindness is a seed from which gratitude grows - #thankfulThursday

The habit of whispering “thank you”.

The habit of whispering “thank you”.

The small, seemingly insignificant habit of whispering our thanks will change us first, and then everything around us.

Begin this new habit today – every time you see, feel, hear, taste or experience a wonderful moment, whisper, “Thank you, God.

Experience how your world will change…

The small, seemingly insignificant habit of whispering our thanks will change us first, and then everything around us.

A book on gratitude/thankfulness I read sparked this idea. The author suggested that creating this habit is “like a mustard seed of power” that changes our character.

As our character changes, so will the world around us.

Sometimes, I think, we are looking for that heroic act or magnificent deed which will make an impact at one fell swoop. Rather, it may be our little, positive habits can make more of a difference for everyone than magnificence or heroics. It’s an inside and then outward activity…

What do you think?a new habit of whispering - thank you - first changes you and then everything around you

Gratitude Makes You Happy

Gratitude Makes You Happy

Want more happiness? Focus on gratitude.

David Steindl-Rast is a Catholic Benedictine Monk, who has divided his time between periods of hermit’s life and extensive lecture tours on five continents. Here’s one of his videos – watch it with earbuds or headphones if you can – and if you can’t see the video player, then click here to go to the video on  YouTube

2018 is my year to focus on Gratitude/Thankfulness. 

When I read and research the topic of Gratitude/Thankfulness, Br. David’s writings are referenced by most, including in Janice Kaplan’s book  “The Gratitude Diaries”.  Janice Kaplan took a year to focus on gratitude and I liked her book so much that I purchased a physical copy after renewing the library copy multiple times. I’ll be sharing more from her book on future #thankfulThursdays along with more from Br. David.

So, if you’re looking to be happier in life – focus on Gratitude.

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.

~ David Steindl-Rast

It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy

It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy - PositiveThanksLiving - get prompts to be positive 6 days a week

Pay Attention – Give Thanks

Pay Attention – Give Thanks

Attention is like a combination spotlight and vacuum cleaner: it illuminates what it rests upon and then sucks it into your brain—and your self

Pay attention.

We learn to praise God not by compliments, but by paying attention.

~ Frederick Buechner quote

One way to praise is by being thankful.

What are you thankful for, today?  Use all your senses to begin praising God.

  • What do you SEE that you’re thankful for?
  • What are you TOUCHING that you’re thankful for?
  • What are you HEARING that you’re thankful for?
  • What are you TASTING that you’re thankful for?
  • What are you SMELLING that you’re thankful for?
 
Here’s a quick challenge for today: Set your smart phone to ding you at 3 or 4 hour intervals and record what you’re thankful for using your five senses…
 
Are you missing some of the senses?
 
  • Maybe it’s time to go outside, or move to another space?
  • Maybe it’s time to eat something crispy and juicy, or turn on some music to dance to?
  • Maybe it’s a good time to kiss your loved one or pull our some sweet smelling lotion to give yourself a hand massage?
As you go through your day, give thanks. We all live in a wonderful world, surrounded by great blessings. 

pay attention - be thankful

pay attention - give thanks - use all your senses to begin praising God