November 28, 2013
November is always the time of year where gratitude comes front and center.
I've noticed, as I'm sure you have too, a bunch of Facebook friends have been sharing their daily dose of gratitude for November. Like a lone red leaf amongst the neutral ground, gratitude can always be found...if you're willing to look for it.
I'm not talking about BIG gratitudes, such as beating cancer's butt, but the little things in our every day lives. These every day occurrences often get overlooked.
The nice man who held the door open for you at the post office.
The store clerk who helped you reach an item off the shelf.
The woman who let you go in front of her in traffic.
Your boyfriend or husband who sent you a "thinking about you" text.
Your girlfriend or wife who blew you a kiss as you drove away for work.
Your co-worker who helped you out with a question you had.
Instead, we focus on the person who cut us off in traffic, the woman who blocked the entire aisle with her cart at the grocery store, or those who just get on our nerves. How many times a week do thoughts like these run through our heads?
I've read taking time every day to appreciate feeling grateful will make us happier.
What if we make a pact with ourselves (or you can use the comments below) for the next 30 days, we will take 2 little minutes out of our day to appreciate the things we are grateful for. We can just sit and think about it or take out our journals and write about it. After 30 days, you can decide if it's true. Did you feel happier?
I watched the news tonight, which I rarely do. There was a segment on food pantry demands being higher than ever. It was stated that 1 in 6 Americans cannot afford to put food on their table. 1 in 6. A woman with her two toddlers were eating an early Thanksgiving dinner at her Church because she didn't know if a meal would be found on Thanksgiving Day. It's heartbreaking.
I am grateful I am able to put food on my table. I am grateful I am able to work and have an income. I am grateful for the special people in my life. I am grateful for all my bad experiences, as I learned something important from all of them.
Someone once told me,
"There is always a silver lining in a dark cloud, you just need to look for it."
Do you see the silver lining? Are you mindful of gratitude and appreciate it every single day? What are you grateful for?
I am grateful for my Flying Sisters. This post is part of the Flying Sisters Blog Circle and the next stop is my friend, Monica Martin. See what they all have to say about "Gratitude".
I wish everyone who is celebrating today a very Happy Thanksgiving.
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It is so true about seeking out and acknowledging the small things in life. There really are silver linings we just need to look for them. I have been one of those people that each day, I took the time to celebrate what I am grateful for this month. And yes….I do feel myself happier and have taken at each day and filled it with a little more compassion than I had the day before. I found love in some of the not so obvious places and have really enjoyed my gratitude journey.
Great post Lisa. And oh yes my list could have been days long in my post. I truly believe it is the LITTLE events and images in our daily life that seem to make us more mindful on a bigger scale. And I think it shows that if we are paying attention to the individual moments, the moments add up. And thank YOU for taking the time with me the other day on FB. I was grateful. When people complain about the lack of genuine human contact on social media, I disagree. I will pass forward all I can to the next person who needs help because of the attitude of the people who were generous with their time in helping me.
Great Post Lisa! Kicking Cancer’s butt is a pretty awesome thing to be grateful for and like you I love to look at the smaller things too because they can so easily be missed when truly they are blessings. I also agree with you on the silver lining in every cloud, we just have to look for it sometimes. Blessings to you girl! and Happy Thanksgiving!
Love this post…I especially love the gratitude photo ..did you take that?? Looked to see if it was available in one of your galleries…You are one creative lady…in prints and words… take care… Happy Holiday Season…thanks for sharing .
Thanks, Shelle. I did see your gratitude posts :) I’m glad to hear you noticed how they made you feel and they added some happiness to your days.
You are so welcome. We all need help sometimes and I’m glad to help when I can. I just wished I could have gotten it to work for you! :) It’s amazing how much those little moments are taken for granted without even realizing it. Thanks Sandy!
Thank you, Debbie! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Sometimes it’s hard to look for the silving lining when we aren’t feeling it. But I do think we benefit from trying to see it.
Thank you Lisa, you got me thinking about the people I’m grateful for. Not the obvious ones, but the ones that have given me a hard time, hurt me or disappointed me: there must be something they’ve said or done that I can still be grateful for. I’ll think about it… xo Laly
Thanks Lisa, your words are uplifting and a really good reminder to stop and practice gratitude for the little things every day. The 1 in 6 statistic for not being able to afford food broke my heart, made me think about our upcoming kindness mission and feel really grateful that we have the ability to help others. Keep spreading your positivity. xox
Hi Vickie, thanks so much for your comment. I think most of us forget about the little things. It’s nice to be reminded here & there.
this was such a wonderful post – and it made me stop and realize I have to pay more attention to the smaller things in life that I am thankful for. That takes slowing down and appreciating them. Thank you for making that point – it came at a time when I really needed to hear it/
Hi Holly, thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, I took that photo at Starved Rock. I am still putting up a bunch of photography for sale and this is one of them. I have added it here, http://lisa-ullrich.artistwebsites.com/featured/red-leaf-lisa-ullrich.html?newartwork=true. Happy Holidays to you and your family too!
Yes, Lisa! What a fantastic post. I’ve always been a fan of appreciating the smaller things in life. They do matter. Just a smile can makes someone’s mood shift for the better. Spread happiness. Namaste.
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Thank you for your comment, Amy. It’s so true.
Laly, yes, even the awful things have brought you something good. It may be hard to see it right away, but it is there.
Thank you, Ginger. The statistic is heartbreaking. Kindness is important in this world.
There is always a silver lining isn’t there Lisa? I often refer to “The Glad Game” from the movie Polyanna where she plays it with this elderly lady. I can always find something to be grateful for in any situation and most often it Is the little things like you mentioned above…. someone opening a door for you, the person ahead of you in line at Starbucks who pays for your morning coffee, a random person telling you thank you for what you do to help out! That is the person I try to be and I am so happy to see that you are the same. I wish you a great year and am excited to see what is next for all of us! xo
Thank you, Lulubeas!
I love the simple gratitudes!! Makes life a wondrous and magical place. Great picture too!!
Hi Kathie, I don’t think I ever saw Polyanna. I will have to watch it. I try, I don’t always succeed, but I do try. :) I’m excited for the upcoming year as well. 2014 will be good to us!
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