On my continuing journey of personal growth, I recently came across an idea of a Prayer Journal. This would allow me an opportunity to capture my silent prayers, offer thanks, and see God busy in my life. It might also allow me to work on my
Attitude of Gratitude
When I recently posted about my continuing journey of retirement and finding a focus for my final chapters of life, I was overwhelmed with appreciation, gratitude, and love that I received from my fellow bloggers, family, and friends. Many of you responded with such wonderful suggestions and encouragement. I took all of your thoughts to heart and spent these past weeks considering were I will go from here. Some of the ideas that touched me most deeply were to love what you do, give thanks, and not be so hard on myself!
Let me digress for a moment….I have three sisters and each year we throw ourselves a little family birthday party. With one birthday in July, two in August, and one in early September, finding a date that works for all of us can be difficult-but somehow we always manage! Together we select a theme, contribute towards the meal, and each bake our own birthday cake!
When asked what I wanted, I requested a journal. Yes, I could have gone and purchased one (or used anything to write on really) but instead decided to wait to see if I received one and use the weeks waiting for the event to decide what exactly I would do with it.
My youngest sister found this lovely journal for me
and when we returned home I immediately got down to writing.
I started off fully committed to keeping up my journal daily. In the weeks following, I admit, I have slacked off just a bit. What has changed, however, is my attitude. With a new-found peace and acceptance, I am much more content and willing to just forge ahead. This means that I am venturing into uncharted ideas and experiences and willing to find out what works-and what doesn’t. I don’t feel discouraged if something does seem to be a good fit but instead am open to try something else-or go in a different direction. I am okay if I have a quiet or unproductive day (no more guilt!!) or if the day is so full I fall into bed at night exhausted. Actually, I have usually had a positive outlook on life but suppose I just got off course. I am reminded of all that is good in my life and the opportunities still before me.
Attitude of Gratitude
has been rekindled. I am (like most of us) a work in progress and I have a choice. I can move into this next part of my life with excitement and an open heart and mind or stay stuck. I guess taking time to shake things up a bit are in order from time to time. I am grateful for opportunities, challenges, growth, and the future before me. I know God has a plan for my life and He is not done with me yet!