There’s been several gratitude challenges going around lately. Most challenge you to post several items a day for which you are grateful.
One clergy friend of mine has been doing it every day for the last year or two! Occasionally, I think she’s struggling: sometimes she’s thankful for things like limes… But then, aren’t we all? Grateful for limes, of course! But also struggling: aren’t we all struggling to be thankful?
My husband has been out of town for awhile and I have been so busy I can hardly breathe! It was a struggle not to have every word I said be a complaint! I finally gave myself the gratitude challenge and it did help to relieve some of my general grumpiness so I want to continue listing my gratitude here and challenge you to do the same in your life!
1. I’m grateful for the internet and all its connections with the world outside my apartment walls. I’m never truly alone when there’s a friend out there somewhere to connect with!
2. I’m even more grateful for the real-life human friends and colleagues who have listened to me complain without recrimination! And met me for lunch or dinner, commiserated, called, etc.
4. I’m also grateful for all that kept me so painfully busy. I’m grateful for preaching opportunities and for my college students and the classes I’ve been teaching: A general education class for beginning students that was phenomenal and a course on Eastern Religions that has improved each week and looks like it will end on a high note next Tuesday!
5. I’m grateful for the work that’s coming up: for the Judson Study that will start again next month, for a Spiritual Gifts workshop starting next week, for preaching in Brooklyn and perhaps in the Bronx later next month, and for another religion course beginning in November….
6. I’m grateful for the CSA that also stretched me to my limits, toting hundreds of pounds of vegetables around each Wednesday morning for six weeks… (Although I have to say that today’s refrigerator full of eggplant, spaghetti squash, peppers, celery, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, zucchini, tomatillos… etc…. is truly daunting….)
7. And I’m ever so grateful for my missing husband… that talented man who so enjoys his work and whose enthusiasm for reaching ever higher challenges me to do the same! And most of all: I’m grateful he’ll be home soon!
I’m sure there is something to complain about in your life – and that it can be a struggle for you to stay grateful, too! But I pray you can find even more to be thankful for and plenty of opportunities to share the gratitude!