Last year while celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, instead of the norm of one person giving grace, I tried something different and that is simply this. Go around the room and everybody states aloud one thing that they are grateful for and then keep going to the last person has spoken. If they can speak, then they can participate. When we say it to ourselves God hears it, when we say it out loud others hear it and it's a positive affirmation.
This is win/win many times over. Sometimes people would say things they are thankful for and others would state people in their lives they are thankful for and we all like acknowledgement, let's face it, it’s nice to be acknowledged, isn't it? You bet it is!
Don't wait until Thanksgiving to take a few moments of your day and at least pick up the phone and tell someone that you appreciate them. I for one am grateful for many blessings, sometimes I think that the deck is stacked... in my favor of course! I for one am grateful for my friends on LP and the new relationships I am establishing.
If you are focused on what you don't want, you might be in an un-resourceful state of mind where you don't want to be grateful and at times it might be difficult or challenging to find. Now of course I know this isn't relevant to you, but perhaps to somebody that you know? As you are communicating with someone who says they can't think of something, just reply, I know that you can't think of anything right now to be grateful for, but if you could think of something, what would that be? Pause and then let them reply. Most of the time immediately they will think of something and tell you where they couldn't before..
Here's my challenge. Take a minute and pick up the phone now and call someone you have not spoken to in awhile and tell them you were just thinking of what you are thankful for in your life and they cane to mind and you had to call them and tell them that they are special to you. It might shock them, and just might shock you as well.
Gratitude, gratitude... gratitude. IT'S ALL GOOD!