Temperatures across the United States were as varied as they can be the past few weeks.
Friends in Minnesota hunkered down with below zero temps. Nashville, TN was in the teens and some parts of California were a balmy 80*!
While here in Texas, I woke to temps in the high 30’s and by lunch time we were enjoying perfect blue skies, sunshine and temps in the 60’s…
In my opinion, we’ve had some days that have been absolutely PERFECT and I’ve been grateful to find excuse to spend some time outside in such a beautiful day. Because it was so beautiful to me, I was shocked to read on popular social media that there were people who live just blocks from me who mentioned how “horrible” the day was and that they were so tired of this winter!
WHAT? This? Winter???
So why the weather report for Frisco TX you might ask…
Well, it has a lot to do with a perspective paradigm shift that has occurred in my family this month, and I want to talk about it
Our family has taken an opportunity to focus on gratitude in many different ways over the years;
We’ve kept gratitude journals,
made gratitude posters,
and focused personal and family prayer on thanksgiving only!
This month, we took a new twist to gratitude that ended up making a HUGE impact on our home and family.
We decided that our prayers would be only prayers of gratitude. We met together on Sunday morning, planned our schedule, addressed each persons concerns or needs for each week and then discussed the importance of recognizing the “good” in our lives! Using this thought as our guide…
When we’ve done this in the past, some of our gratitude seemed a little ‘forced’ or we’d feel that an emergency had arisen that required a prayer for guidance, help or panic.
This week, we learned that we could be grateful IN our needs, concerns, fears, and weaknesses. Two days into the week, we had three kiddos who had tests they were worried about. Rather then pushing their concerns to the back burner, we offered gratitude for good teachers who had prepared them well; gratitude for dedication to studies, for the blessings of technology that enabled them to study well and gratitude for health and wellness so they could be at their best on test day.
Two days into the week, we had three kiddos who had tests they were worried about. Rather then concentrating on their fears of failure or lack of preparation, we offered gratitude for good teachers who had prepared them well; we offered gratitude for dedication to studies, for the blessings of technology that enabled them to study well and gratitude for health and wellness so they could be at their best on test day.
This pattern was repeated multiple times as the week continued. As we met each morning and before bed, we would share our needs and concerns- turning those concerns into unique offerings of gratitude.
At the end of the first week, we all agreed that we had learned a lot and that this new perspective changed the landscape of our concerns.
We learned that offering gratitude made the concerns seem a little less daunting and a lot more manageable; we learned that we had to focus a little more on recognizing our blessings, and that it felt better to count blessings rather then burdens.
But the most valuable lesson I learned was the fine art of recognizing past blessings and the current abundance that have given us the experience to get through our trials, our fears, and our weaknesses- whatever they may be.
I learned that there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for, And sometimes it’s only in the trial that we see the greatest blessings.
And I learned that from every experience, there is wisdom to be gained, to be shared and to be enjoyed. All it takes is a new perspective!