An Attitude of Gratitude 365, I mean 366!
My New Year's Resolution for 2012 is that I'm not making any. That's right! I'm chucking out the old resolution thing and instead I'm going to focus on the grace and beauty of each day.
Around Thanksgiving, several of my blogging friends asked why we only have one day for giving thanks and that got me thinking. Why do we only publicly give thanks on Thanksgiving?
Not only that, but my sister Karla did this cool thing on facebook that she called, ‘A picture a day' and I loved seeing what she would post each day, which got me thinking.
After all that thinking, I had to take a nap.
After my nap I decided that for 2012, I would take a picture a day to post on facebook, but I would also include something about the day that made me take a step back and be grateful. It could be something huge or tiny, whatever sparks my soul. 365 days of being thankful ~ oops, I need to start right now ~ my niece Kate reminded me that next year has 366 days! One full day more of gratitude. Sweet! Thanks, Kate.
I'll still make goals for each day, week, month, year, but I won't stress myself out or berate myself if I don't accomplish them as I would if I set strict resolutions. I'm a bit commitment-phobic and always break my resolutions in the first few days of the New Year anyway. Kind of like Myndi Shafer. In fact, I think she and I are secretly related, but no one's told us yet.
I'll recap some of my favorite moments each month here on the olde blogge, but of course you can always see what I'm grateful for each day on my facebook page. If we aren't friends yet, friend me! www.facebook.com/tameri
What does 2012 have in store for you? Do you make resolutions? If so, do you keep them or are you a resolution breaker like me?
These are some of the great blogs that got me started down my path of gratitude:
Kristen Lamb wrote a fabulous post about being grateful for simple things like laundry. It will open your eyes in a good way. And yes, I did borrow the title of this blog from her. She's just that superfabulous!
Diana Murdock asked why we should give thanks only on Thanksgiving. Exactly! She wants the specialness of the day to transcend just one day in November to inhabit all of our days.
Barbara McDowell reminded us that gratitude rocks (and sweet potato pie should be eaten any time of year).
On Sundays, Julie Hedlund writes about what she's grateful for that week. This post (written back on 12/18), is one of the reasons I love to read Julie's blog. She is a writer who knows the value of giving back and appreciating those around her. I hope she wins the contest because her book is too darn cute and I must read it!
This post isn't about gratitude, but it touched my heart and made me realize that all around us are unicorns, we just have to open our eyes to them. Marcy Kennedy's touching story of her friend Amanda spoke to me to be grateful to those in my life.
And finally, that witty gal Myndi Shafer blogged about her New Years Resolutions. I know I'm not making any for myself, but if I did, they would probably be what Myndi wrote, just without the four kids part.