The Gratitude Challenge
Your face was lit up like the sun this past weekend, at the “Princess and the Pea” play. Meagan, who directed the play, had so much high energy that it was contagious!
I heard her express gratitude quite a lot. She never complained or moaned about kids getting out of line. Meagan made theatrical work a game and she motivated through compassion, encouragement, and gratitude.
Whatever we focus on magnifies!
When we focus on our doubts and worries, they grow bigger too! Sometimes that energy takes shape in what appears to be ghosts that hang around us. Scary!
Like your mentor, Carolyn Hughes, has said to you, you’re a girl who has seen much sorrow. You’ve been like Atlas, trying to carry everyone else’s burdens on your shoulders.
Fears and worries make us feel heavy, too. And sad. But there is one thing that can lift you up, almost right away…
When I was a young girl, God began to show me the power of gratitude. Gratitude gives you wings to fly high above all the doubts and fears.
Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion and up with gratitude.” – Zig Ziglar
I had been praying all the memorized prayers I learned in Sunday School, but it always felt to me that something was missing… that there ought to be something more.
I asked my dad, who was a wise and learned man, “Daddy, should I pray with my fingers pointing up, or closed? Should I kneel or bow down or stand up?” I don’t think my dad was aware of how very important it was to me, to know how to pray. He responded, “I don’t know, Susie.”
It seemed no one knew if there was a “right way” to pray, so I went straight to the TOP. I figured that God himself might be interested in showing me how to pray! Little by little, I began to discover that whenever I went to God directly and asked Him a question, a quiet but confident thought would appear in my mind. Those small thoughts led me to chatting with God, who patiently answered my persistent questions.
One day it all came together, as I said to God, “I’ve said the Lord’s Prayer and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep over and over again, back-to-back – do you have some other prayers I can say?”
“What are you thankful for?” It clicked. I could go on and on and on and on with things I was grateful for! Magnifying glasses, turtles, and caves… and rabbits and trains… Until finally, I discovered that God just wants to be our Father. And fathers are delighted to spend time with their kids. Good dads want their little girls to cuddle on their laps, wrestle with them on the floor, and dance.
Gratitude is the foundation for all the virtues… it’s the door that opens our hearts to all that is possible.
“The more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for.”- Zig Ziglar
Dani, I am grateful for YOU! I’m grateful to be in school with you every day, where we get to learn about this beautiful world together. I’m grateful to see your BIG heart and how much you truly care about people.
I’m grateful you put up with me when I don’t have as much energy as you do. I’m grateful you are my granddaughter and that we’ll be forever friends as well as family.
I hope you always remember how powerful you are and when you doubt yourself , you remember how you felt on the day of the play… that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!
Gratitude opens doors to all that is possible. Gratitude raises your frequency of vibration, which attracts GOOD things and people to you.
Let’s make 2015 our BEST year ever!
I love you, Dani!
PS What are you grateful for today? It’s nice to have a place where you collect pictures, mementos, and stories so that when you’re having a hard day you can begin to feel better just looking at what you’re grateful for!