I mentioned Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts, on a previous blog. The book inspired me to start my own gratitude journal with the goal of making one thousand entries in the year.
I started off with a great list of family, church, faith, friends, home, my cats, all the easy obvious things. Then I had to look a little harder, but it was spring and each day brought some new miracle. Flowers at the Butchart Gardens, new shoots in my own garden, roses tumbling from my trellis. In order to meet my goal I only needed to write in three things a day. Easy, I thought. And it was easy. I live in a
beautiful, peaceful part of the world. I am free to worship as I please. I have enough of this world's goods to be comfortable, and last Saturday I exercised my right to vote. Three gratitudes a day is a piece of cake. -- NOT!
Not that I'm not grateful every day, but finding something new each day is getting harder and harder. I've already done the cats and the garden and my family. It's winter now so no new flowers to exclaim over but I did make note of the bounty of harvest and the sweetness of the Golden Delicious apples off my tree.
I've given thanks that I got to sing in the chorus of Britten's War Requiem (a very difficult work not often performed so singing it was a rarity) and I've given thanks that I'm finished with the War Requiem. :-)
I've recorded the sunrise and the sunset several times, even noted that sunrise every morning is a miracle in itself. I look out at an every changing view of ocean and mountains but I think it's cheating to keep noting the shades of blue in my journal. Isn't the object of the exercise to find one thousand new moments of gratitude in the year?
So, here I am, falling behind in my goal of three things a day. Not because I'm ungrateful, but because my blessings repeat over and over. Now I ask you, ICWFers. Can I journal the same things more than once? Has anyone else taken the 1000 challenge or something similar? What are your experiences?
Alice Valdal lives in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She writes, knits, bakes, bicycles and is owned by two cats. She is grateful every day for her husband and all the other blessings in her life. Visit her at www.alicevaldal.com or atfacebook.com/#!/alice.valdal.5