Giving Thanks

a one-week exercise in seeing what’s great

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I’m embarking, once again, on a time of change, which is always challenging. It’s easy to see what’s left behind as “lost” and to mourn. So I’ve decided to try a view-shifting exercise which I recently offered to a client: keeping a gratitude journal.

Being who I am, of course I had to draw, paste, and cut something. I am a kinesthetic learner, and these acts help me focus and think, strange as it may seem to other kinds of learners.

Here is the result: a downloadable gratitude journal, a small christmas gift for my friends and colleagues! This stocking-stuffer booklet prints on one A4 or Letter page, and with a single scissors-cut it transforms into a tiny notebook to record the great things in life – one a day, for a whole week.

I encourage you to share this with a friend during Thanksgiving, tuck it in a greeting card or Christmas stocking, and keep one by your bed during the crazy holiday times. It’s easy to feel what frustrates or irritates you – I challenge you to also take the time to notice and appreciate what you are grateful for… and I will too.

Let’s see what happens!


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