I cannot believe that we are nearing Thanksgiving and the Winter break. However, Thanksgiving is and has always been my favorite time of year. I have the fondest memories of literally standing on a step stool in order to reach the sink to help my grandma cook our Thanksgiving feast.
The antique table pulled out to make this huge table filled with family: aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. We each took a moment to share something for which we were thankful. I can recall getting very excited when it was my turn to say my thankful statement. I seem to recall that my grandma had the same simple heartfelt gratitude each year. "I am grateful for all of my family gathered here and those that cannot be here. So grateful for us all to sit down together."
I am confident that the importance of gratitudes was rooted in my spirit sitting right there at that Thanksgiving table. My grandmother had survived the depression and many many family crises, yet she always had a grateful heart.
For the next 10 days we are going to participate in the gratitude challenge in Mannland. We will be writing about them, talking about them, sharing them, and encouraging everyone to focus on our gratitudes. I encourage you to join us over the next 10 days. Just writing a simple gratitude each day with your child can perhaps make a lifelong habit. I know it certainly did for me just listening to my grandma.
Wishing you days filled with focusing on gratitude.