Gratitude

First off…I’m really doing poorly at following the prompts for the 5 minutes free writes…But, I guess, that’s making me a pretty good rogue…I’ll probably reference today’s prompt later…so, look out for the words “post-it” 🙂

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Tonight, I have been thinking a lot about encouragement & gratitude. I find, if you are thankful, it’s also really easy to be encouraging.

So, I’m writing a few “thank-you”s & encouraging notes for some people I know…and in doing so, I find myself more encouraged, also.

The world holds so much ugly tragedy, sometimes we need to take a few special minutes to dwell on the good things around us, the good done for us, and the good we can do for others.

From this dollar store pack of cards I will get 8 notes: 8 ways to connect to someone, to lift their spirits, to say thank you, to affirm them.

But, it doesn’t have to be a card, you can encourage someone through: a comment on social media, a silly Snapchat picture, a post-it on their desk, a dry-erase message on a board or mirror.

Or, a good, old fashioned, in person complement. Remember those?

As for lifting your own spirits? May I recommend a GTL? What my friend called a “Good Things List”, but I call it “Got to Love”… List out things you’re grateful for…because being thankful is what really encourages us.

That spirit of thanks that will soon be all around us is often so fleeting, but it is one of the best spirits the world can have.

…but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that passes all understanding, will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” – Philippians 4:6-8

So, encourage someone today. Write a GTL.

Spread a little love. For others & yourself.

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