One year ago, I spent two weeks unplugged. I allowed myself to slow down and just be. Out of that time came the idea for Project 365 Thanks: Giving thanks at the end of each day no matter what. Good day, bad day, happy, sad, excited, frustrated. No matter what.
I posted my gratitude using the hashtag #365thanks on Twitter and Facebook, sometimes Instagram too. Some of you joined me. Then some of you started to fizzle out on the everyday thing, and eventually I did too.
I kept up with Thankful Thursday posts all year and for that I am thankful. Taking time each week to reflect on gratitude did wonders for me, especially during the “I feel like crap” weeks.
Looking back, I can tell the practice of giving thanks on a regular basis has changed me for the better. As hoped, I now find myself to be a more generous giver, a better listener (sometimes) and better equipped to recognize those times in my life when I need to slow down, pause, take a breath. I still have a long way to go, but I think that’s to be expected. Maturity is a lifelong pursuit, isn’t it?
I’d like to make a recommitment to give thanks each day for 2013. I’d love you to join me. Maybe we can make it all year this time? Leave a comment on this post, then start using the hashtag #365thanks when you post your thanks at the end of each day. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, wherever.
I will also be accepting Thankful Thursday guest posts. If the practice of giving thanks has inspired you, share it with us! Submit guest posts to inspiredrd<at>gmail.com.
Feel free to grab a Thankful badge too. Let’s inspire each other to live a more thankful life in 2013!
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