Here's what changed.
It was GLORIOUS!
Not only did I search my days for something to be thankful for, even the bad days, I got to share in the joy of my friends. As I searched my days for gratitude, I found it. That gratitude allowed me to look back on the rest of my year with the same. It's even spilled over into how I am starting my new year. I have never had such a close, vibrant walk with the Lord. (There are a couple reasons for this but for the purposes of this blog it all started with an attitude of gratitude)
I've been told over the years that thankfulness and gratitude were necessary to a vibrant life. My grumpy Gus self grimaced at this. I was not required by the Lord to be happy, I only had to have Joy. Joy is a choice, not an emotion I would smugly say. Yeah, I know...sad. I was. I still struggle with sorrow. But today, and for the last month and a half, I have had joy. I've had abundant life! I've even been....giddy. While the happy, giddy excitement may be gone tomorrow, the practice of joy and gratitude will stay with me. I feel light as I have exchange my burdens of worry, stress and annoyance for the much better gift of gratitude.
For those of you who are not predisposed to joy...it's okay, you can get there. For those of you who have happy in the bag, good on ya. This will still help you. Whether you've set your resolutions for the year or not you can still set goals and intentions that will help you throughout the year. So here's my challenge to you.
Find someone you can email, text or talk to every day for 30 days. Every day, share with each other something you're thankful or grateful for. If you don't need a full 30 days (to be honest I think everyone could use a gratitude refresher) or if you have done a 30 day and need a gratitude booster, then try a 7 day. Don't worry if some of your hard days leave it hard to find something to be thankful for, search anyway and come up with something. I kid you not, one of my days I shared that I was grateful I was sick on Christmas. I meant it. I was grateful. It took me a month of practice to get there but the previous hard days had taught me to search every new situation for something to be thankful for so I had something to share. You can too!
Keep at it and by all means, tell me how it goes!