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Grammie’s Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal

Grammie always comes for Sunday supper.  She is my husband’s mom, but we are also good friends, and I always appreciate her listening ear and open heart.

One Sunday she sat down at the table and, without a comment, placed a small package next to her plate.  Actually, nobody noticed it until we had started to clear off the dinner dishes and bring out desert.  At one point, she called us back to the table… “I have something for you all” she started.  The kids grew silent with anticipation.  “I have one for each of you, and I’ve already written on the first page…”  She opened the small bag and pulled out a bunch of little, yellow notebooks.  While she was passing them out, 1 for every person at the table, we discovered that each book had our name and “Gratitude Journal” hand-written on the front. We all  quickly turned to the first page to see what was there.  On page one, each read “I’m thankful for my family.”  “I know that’s what each of you will think of at first” she began “but I want you to think harder and add to the list each day. You don’t have to share this with anyone, but of course you know I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for…”

It doesn’t happen by accident…or by luck…or by default.

But it does make a difference…

And so it began.

Some of us carry it around everywhere…some leave it by the bedside and add to it each evening…some have left it by the wayside.

One Sunday we went around the table, and most everybody shared at least one thing they had written.

What I have noticed is this: being grateful is something that is cultivated.  Sometimes in the challenge and thick of life, it is work and takes effort.  It requires vision, and an intentional search for blessings.  Being thankful is NOT for the faint of heart, but with persistence and perseverance, one’s heart becomes even stronger and more grateful.  An attitude of gratitude can become habit-forming, and one can grow into a “glass-half-full” kind of person over time.

It doesn’t happen by accident…or by luck…or by default.

But it does make a difference…

I’m up to #27, most recently, and not allowing myself any repeats, I find myself finding more and more each day to add.  It’s become somewhat of a sport almost…one that I daily try to out-do my “personal best” in: finding more and more examples of God’s goodness and mercy in my life.  It’s also become a tool to help me  be more content…something else I’m working on personally.

Now there would be a few reasons NOT to try this at home:

1) you have absolutely nothing to be thankful for;

2) you don’t want or need anything at all to change in your life;

3) you have no need to be encouraged nor offer encouragement.

So, unless you find yourself in one of those scenarios, I’d like to suggest you pick up a notebook the next time you’re in the dollar store, and get started!  And if things are really tough, drop me a line and we’ll work out getting you one!

It really does make a difference…

What are YOU thankful for?

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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8 Responses to Grammie’s Gratitude Journal

  1. Angela Setting My Intention November 23, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    I just started doing this recently and trying to do it daily at the end of each day or the beginning of the day (reflecting on the previous day). It does take practice to cultivate this habit, but helps me to see things in a new way throughout the day. What a special grammie you have!

    • Pat November 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Oh yes, Angela, we sure do…everyone who knows her loves her, too 😉

  2. Pat September 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Oh what a terrific tool, Ann!! Sounds like the first app I’ll be getting when I finally get my iPhone 😉 I know what you mean about paper, but the only problem is I never seem to have the paper around when I need it, or I don’t have the “right” notebook handy…LOL

  3. Ann September 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I love this idea Pat! I love journal writing, and just jotting down thoughts and ideas that come to mind. I have downloaded an app called Catch that I use on my phone and tablet to do this as well, when I’m out, or can’t get to a journal, or just need to make a quick audio recording of an idea before it pops right back out of my head! (You can record, type, attach all kinds of things to this app – I LOVE it!) I use this all the time – even for grocery lists! And I’m saving trees too! But I also have LOTS of notebooks that I use as well. Sometimes there’s just something about paper…

  4. Pat Jones September 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Beautiful! Grammie herself

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