As the holidays approach, I've been brainstorming ways to teach my daughters (and myself) greater humility.
'Tis the season for overindulgence, and the "Whaddya want for Christmas" attacks have already begun.
As I toss a pile of stuffed animals back onto my daughters' snuggly warm beds, I've been finding myself thinking about those who have less...
those who face incredible hardships every day.
We often forget how truly blessed we are, huh?
So this month, we're focusing on gratitude.
My girls have a white board next to the table where they dine.
Every morning, I ask them to think of something they are thankful for, and we add it the board.
I love their responses.
Our pillows seem softer this month, our showers more exhilarating.
Our wonky Internet connection is less irritating, and shots at the doctor's office seemed less of a battle this year.
We have so very much to be grateful for every day.
It's important to change perspective from time to time— to switch from wishing for things we don't have in order to better appreciate all that we do.
This little "Thanks Board" has had a big, positive effect on our family this month, and for that, I'm truly grateful.
What's your strategy for embracing the true meaning of Thanksgiving this year? Send us new ideas!
"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."
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