We say thank you all the time. There are so many people in our lives that help us in one way or another that we have sincere gratitude for. If we took the time to write all those names down we’d be amazed at just how long our list is.
The list is quite colorful and interesting: There are people young and old, perhaps different ethnicities and backgrounds – maybe even a stranger or two who have held a door or shared a smile just when you were having a challenging day and needed one. Others have helped with directions or recipes or projects or finances or even lending an ear or a hug when times were tough. They have wiped away tears, encouraged you, supported you, taught you, forgave you, trusted you – the list goes on and on.
The list is a beautiful tapestry of love and life. It is so special and meaningful that some would even say its sacred. The list spans months, years and decades and can easily warm your heart and put a smile on your face.
So my question to you is: “Are YOU on your list?” Have you added your own name somewhere on that list? Are you at the top? The Bottom? Somewhere in the middle? Or have you forgotten to even acknowledge your own self and add your name? It’s not too late, you know. Even if you HAVE made the list you can ALWAYS add more things that you are thankful for that YOU were directly involved with.
First and foremost, make sure you acknowledge the fact that you are allowed to be on your own list. You have been there every second of every experience. Why not be grateful for all of THAT?!
This list may be somewhere in your head or in your heart. My challenge for you today is to make it a reality. You can start small. Find a piece of paper that you can dedicate to this exercise or print the one that goes along with this post. On that list write 10 names, and YES one of the names HAS to be YOURS!
For yourself- write down 5 things that you are grateful for that happened in your life that you had a direct role in accomplishing. Next list 1 extra special person and list 3 things about them. Lastly pick 8 more people and next to their name write 1 thing that you are grateful for.
Me: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
A Special Person: 1. 2. 3.
Person 3: Person 4: Person 5:
Person 6: Person 7: Person 8:
This will fill up the page and allow you to see how many beautiful things are in your life. It can help you to shift your focus on positive things and even prime your psyche to expand on things or start new adventures. If you like to doodle or are into mind mapping you can draw (or cut and paste) pictures next to each person representing how you feel about them and what you are thankful for. Decorate this sheet of paper however you’d like. Keep it in a place that you can look at often. Perhaps you’d like to make a small copy of it to keep in your purse or wallet or on your bathroom mirror.
From time to time or when you get a chance you can always make another list or 2 and before long you will have a collection of dozens of people and things that you are grateful for!
I am grateful that you stopped by to read this today, thank you. I wish you a magnificent day full of gratitude!
Do download the worksheet I have for you right HERE!
Donna Davis holds a Master Degree in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University and cherishes the journey of life, learning and the pursuit of dark chocolate all over the world.
As an educator, author, speaker, columnist and coach, Donna Davis is a perpetual optimist dedicated to helping women thrive and enjoy all that life has to offer. Donna is a modern day Change Agent disguised as The Menopause Fairy who celebrates the Magic, Mystery and Mayhem of Midlife.
Donna writes a column in The Missing Piece Magazine http://themissingpiecemagazine.com/ every month in which she coaches readers through various topics, activities and exercises related to the chosen theme for the month. As co-founder of WOmentum BuildHers https://www.facebook.com/WOmentumBuildhers/, Donna helps women to honor and celebrate themselves, find and use their voice and be able to survive all that life brings their way, allowing them to thrive and come alive in a way like never before through community, encouragement and Sisterhood.
This WOmentum BuildHER is taking bold action to educate, celebrate, and collaborate with women in all phases of life around the globe to heal, grow and come alive to “Be the best version of yourself possible!”