Gratitude Challenge
Written by
Tess Hardwick
June 2011
Written by
Tess Hardwick
June 2011

This has been a day of several major frustrations, which I won't go into on this blog, but suffice it to say have me agitated. Maybe you have as well? Or maybe not. Some days you're the windshield and some days the bug, right?

But it reminded me of something I've been thinking about a lot lately. How much does gratitude play into the course of our lives? Several weeks ago I heard an interview with Catherine Price who wrote Gratitude: A Journal. I have not read it, but apparently she encourages you to write down a list of things you are grateful for at the end of each day, even those days when you feel more like the bug than the windshield. She said sometimes you have to dig deep to find something, but whatever it is, however small, note it in written form. She promises it will transform your life.

When I looked up the word Gratitude in the book section of Amazon, there were many other books on the subject. They all have similar themes and all look worthy of reading. However, my point it not to recommend a book, but to talk about this idea of gratitude.

On this day when I feel a little snarky and agitated, a little bug-like, I'm going to commit to all of you that I'm starting tonight.  I will write down five things at the end of each day that I'm grateful for. I would love it if you do the same and keep me updated on if and how it transforms your life.

I promise I won't post them every day but here are mine for today:

1. My Zumba and Strength classes this morning at Ridge Fitness. I've talked about her before, but the teacher is a great example of doing something with excellence and inspiring others to do the same.

2. A reviewer wrote about Riversong: "the book features occasional snippets of prose that are achingly beautiful and powerfully written, on par with the best in women's fiction."

3. Frozen fries and chicken nuggets in the freezer that I can make for the kid's dinner without going to the store.

4. My bestie calling with a funny story about driving carpool on the last day of school. As a surprise she thought she'd run the kids through the drive-through at Krispy Kreme only to discover she'd forgotten her wallet. When she confessed this to the sales clerk, he gave her seven donuts for free. The best part, later, when she told me the story, she said, "All I could think was how I couldn't wait to tell you that I once again talked my way into a bargain." I love my bestie.

5. My five-year old, Emerson, found the missing school library book and now we'll get our five dollars back. She always knows where all the missing objects in this house are.

I have to say, just writing those five things made me feel happier. I forgot my worry for the entire time I was writing.

So, let me know if you're in for the Gratitude Challenge. Stop by and leave me a note if you are. Until then, sending gratitude to all of you who stop in here on a regular basis. I am so very grateful for you.

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