Monday, August 15, 2011

27-A Finding the Blessings in your everyday life

Sorry for not posting my new post on Thursday.  I am busy enjoying the blessings in my everyday life.  I will make new posts for last week and the upcoming week on Monday.  Join me then to get the latest updates!

I know sometimes it can feel like the blessings don't stop coming and other times, it may feel like you don't have much to be thankful about.  This week, I want our goal to be finding the blessings in the small things that are all around us everyday.  If you are on top of the world, you can still appreciate the small things around you and if you are struggling to keep it together, there may be something small you can find to appreciate.  Wherever you are in life right now, take a moment to feel the blessings surrounding you.

Do you have a loving family, a friend that makes you laugh, a beautiful garden, or a good book to read?  Did you have a yummy dessert, a good workout today, or do you have a comfortable home?  Whatever it is, take some time to notice the small pieces of your life that make it amazing.

For each of us, the small things we appreciate are going to be very different, but take some time to look around you and find the things that make you smile(either inside or out).  Notice how it feels when you see the small things and acknowledge how they make you feel.  Find some time to do this each day and notice how it changes your outlook. 

Either journal about these questions or spend a few moments thinking about your answers.
- Do you normally take time to appreciate the small things in your life?
- What are some of the blessings surrounding your right now?
- Even if you are going through a rough time, is there at least one small thing you can appreciate?
- Do you feel better inside when you notice the blessings around you?
- How can you slow down a bit and notice these blessings more each day?
- What would it take to make this a habit?
- When will you start to do the work to make it a habit?

Make a list of at least 10 small blessings in your life right now.  If 10 was easy, continue on to 20 or 30.  Make it a bit challenging so you begin to notice the things you may not normally acknowledge.

Topic 27 Bonus Challenge:
Each day make a new list of 10+ blessings. Try to find new blessings each day so you stretch to notice the things you may normally ignore. Remember to challenge yourself and do more than 10 if this does not feel like a stretch.
Charles Dickens- Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Enjoy the journey!
Coach Gaye