'to speak gratitude is pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and kind, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.'
'give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his mercy endures forever.'
-book of psalms
'be anxious for nothing, but in everything through prayer and supplication, WITH THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which transcends understanding will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.'
i've worked on keeping a gratitude list for some time now. i can say it helps...does it make every day 'all rosey and sunny?' no. does it make one immune from feeling anger, resentment, frustration, fear, and the like? hell no.
it does seem to help with one's perspective in the long run though....an awareness creeps in of the many gifts and graces that are bestowed upon a person...both big and small...
another observation, for me, is that it loosens the grip of negative emotions or obsessive thinking much quicker than if i didn't practice making gratitude lists at all...
well, i've been very mechanical and practical in my gratitude list formations....after all they're just lists. there's nothing wrong with that. my wife took it upon herself to make a couple of 'artsy' gratitude lists in one of my journals. i loved what she did.
SO I STOLE HER IDEA. that's right. i can do it too! thank you sweetheart, your idea has allowed me to interject my quirky sense of humor into my daily practice of gratitude....so the key is to write your gratitude items in the spaces allotted by the picture...clever eh? eh?
Jenny's artsy gratitude list:
todd's cartoony lists: