Thursday, January 2, 2014

Year of Gratitude

At church several weeks ago, the pastor announced that the general theme for 2014 is going to be "The Year of Gratitude."  This idea stems from the book "365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life," by John Kralik.  I have not read this book, but it details how the author turned his life around by writing one thank you note each day for an entire year.  This really struck me...possibly because we'd just finished writing all of our wedding thank you notes...and it has stayed on my mind.

I LOVE writing and sending notes, but the thought of writing 365 notes is a bit intimidating. The more I thought about this, the clearer it became that committing to this project would benefit me far more than anyone I may send a note to.  Off the top of my head, I could think of people I'd send notes to that would cover at least the first month.  Then I started thinking about all the people I haven't expressed adequate appreciation to in the past. Whoa....that's embarrassing.  That will probably get me at least through July.  But then what? That's when it hit me.  Hard.  Like a brick wall.  It's the little things...the things I've come to EXPECT rather than appreciate...the things I've taken for granted.  

Sooooooo...I'm taking on this massive challenge! I hope it doesn't take the entire year for me to develop a true attitude of gratitude, to realize how incredibly blessed I am.  I'm doing this to better myself, but I also hope that it benefits the recipients of my notes.  It absolutely makes my day to receive personal notes in the mail, so I'm hoping to share a little bit of that over the next year.  

Good thing I've got some stationery on hand.
On another note, this would be a fabulous gift idea!  ;)  I promise I'll send you a thank you note!

I'll update the blog throughout the year as to how this project is impacting me (another way to hold myself accountable!).  Watch for the label "Year of Gratitude" to follow my progress in this challenge.  

1 comment:

  1. I love writing, sending and receiving notes too! Maybe it's the writer in me. What an awesome challenge! I am embarrassed by all the times I think about writing the note only to have the thoughts sit in my head and not get put on paper for far too long. And I know an attitude of gratitude is an awesome goal for me in 2014 too! Thanks for the reminder!