Reader Challenge ~ I Dare You To Be Grateful

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You know it’s easy to be grateful & happy when things are going good. Really, anyone & everyone can do that. It’s a lot harder when it seems like everything is falling apart around you. Or maybe not even that drastic, maybe it’s just one little thing that manages to frustrate you, irritate you, or just put you in a lousy mood.

Well, that’s what this dare is about. It’s about finding beauty and joy in the everyday moments, no matter what else is going on in your life. This dare made me slow down & pay attention. It made me feel happier. And made me realize how much I already have. And how many of the things I love the most are absolutely free. And of course, it made me feel grateful, too.

In her book, One Thousand Gifts (where I got the idea for this challenge), Ann Voskamp argues that giving thanks always precedes the miracle. I believe that’s true.  After doing this dare, I can tell you that being grateful for what you have will bring miraculous things into your life. (For me, words of encouragement right when I needed them most, new friends, a ridiculous amount of free/cheap stuff dropped into my lap, just to mention a few). And really, who wouldn’t want a few miracles of their own?

So I challenge you to be grateful and write a list of 1000 things (or if that’s too daunting, make it 100 then just keep going) that you love and are grateful for. They can be ordinary mundane things like a hot cup of coffee on a cold day. They can be amazing things like standing in the silence of the oldest oak tree (400 years and still growing) in South Carolina. They can be astounding miraculous things like watching a baby being born. If you want some ideas, you can see my list by clicking on the THINGS I LOVE image below. (Just so you know, this list took months to make, a few additions to it every day.)

 

 

I challenge you to be grateful & find joy in your life. I hope you’ll take me up on it.

In case you missed the other Reader Challenges:

 

4 Responses to "Reader Challenge ~ I Dare You To Be Grateful"
  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful challenge, Shelli!
    I read, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp a couple years ago. As I recall, she was a city girl who married an Amish man and grew to love the simple things of life. She and her family learned to take pleasure in all the little things of life.
    That’s a great way for us to respond to your challenge today!
    So glad you shared this, Shelli!

    • Hi Rich! *waves wildly*

      I don’t think he was Amish, although I might be wrong. They do live in the country & have 5 or 6 kids. That book is all about having joy right where you are. Changed my perspective since a lot of us (okay, yes, me) think we’ll be happy (or happier) when we get to where we’re going instead of being happy right where we are. Yes, the little things are really amazing. I could’ve written “a fresh cup of coffee” a thousand times, that’s how much I’m grateful for & love coffee ~ lol. Thanks for the kind words. Have a great weekend!

  2. Audrey says:

    Thank you, Shelli… I try to practice gratitude (and it is, like everything else, a practice) but lately I’ve been feeling beaten down by life. I sorely needed this reminder–it came at just the right time for me.

    I’m sure there are many wonderful books on this, but one that I like is “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection” by Gregg Krech.

    • Hi Audrey!

      I’m so sorry to hear that you feel beaten down. *hugs* for you! So glad this came at just the right time to help pick you back up. You’re so right that gratitude is a practice, one that I plan to keep up. Thanks for sharing Krech’s book; I haven’t heard of it, but I’ll check it out. Cheers, darlin. 🙂

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