Friday, September 30, 2011

31 Days of Gratitude

When I'm worried and I can't sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep. 
Irving Berlin

Once when I was in college, I was having a rough time.  It seems silly and insignificant looking back on it now, but at the time, I was devastated.  I felt heartbroken and betrayed, homesick and lonely for my sisters (neither of whom were at school with me at the time).

It was finals.  I had one test left then I was going to go home for the Christmas holidays.  One final.  But it seemed insurmountable.  I was, as Anne Shirley would say, in the depths of despair.

After a lifetime of learning to “Count My Blessings,” I knew what I had to do. When I should have been studying, I pulled out a notepad. I still remember it.  It was sky blue, lined paper.  I started a list of things to be grateful for.  I started with big things like family and friends and health.  But I kept writing.  I wrote and wrote and wrote.  I still have the list.  I added things like brownies, silver jewelry, colored markers.  There seemed to be an unending supply of things to be grateful for.

I realized then the restorative power of gratitude.  It brought me up by my bootstraps and reminded me that even though I was feeling rotten at the time, life was good.  As long as there were a myriad of Lipsmacker flavors and milkshakes in the world, life was OK.

Join me this month for “31 Days of Gratitude”.  Each day I will write a post to remind us all to be more grateful.  To count our blessings.  To give thanks.

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Marianne said...

I'm looking forward to every one of the 31 days!

Elizabeth said...

I'm doing thanks also, can't wait to see what you have in store!!


Jill said...

Your post grabbed me right away because I did the same thing when I was in college. I'm excited to see what else you have to say!

Olivia Cobian said...

I'm so glad you're doing this. I love that song that your quote is from (sung by Bing, of course). I think of it when I have insomnia and I try to "fall asleep, counting my blessings!"


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