Monday, February 25, 2008

Graditude Journal


Just the other night when I went to bed I was thinking of a million things. So, I got up to write something down and grabbed a notebook. It happened to be a journal that I had started last year during Lent. I had decided that I didn't want to give up chocolate or bread again for Lent. Instead, I would write down 5 things each night that I was thankful for. It was interesting to see what I had wrote down. There were things like being thankful for smooth shaved legs and sometimes being thankful that I only ate one brownie instead of the whole pan. But the one that I wrote often was that I was thankful for a husband that loved me. I will always be thankful for that.
There were sometimes that I was thankful just to talk to each of our kids that day. One day I was thankful to see the first hummingbird. There were days that I was thankful for the boys taking long naps or Taylor doing his homework by his self.
I challenge you to write down things that you are thankful for each day. Even if you are the only one that reads it. Imbrace each thing that makes you happy. You just never know when your life will be changed forever. And you will need to always remember the things that made you the happiest.
Today I can write down in my journal that I am forever grateful for the awesome family and friends that I have. And a husband that loves me forever.

5 comments:

Auntie Joy said...

I think the most wonderful thing is that you knew all along how much you loved your husband and your wonderful family and friends. I'm glad that you didn't wait until Jay was gone to realize that. You must be thankful that he knew that and that you also knew how much he loved all of you. I think of you and I am praying for you.
Hugs!
JOY!

Stephanie said...

Pam,
What you wrote is so true. We should cherish every minute while its here, we never know when it will be changed forever. Im greatful that you and Jay knew how much you loved eachother, even without saying it - It showed. That love is still there, just in a more special way. He is forever with you all. You two had something not a lot of married couples have and for that you are so unique.Thank you for writing this, it makes me so Thankful for my family & friends. We are in this together and with all of you forever. Thank you for being such wonderful role models for us too. Your the Best !
Forever in our prayers,
Love Stephanie

BittersweetPunkin said...

I loved your post...I have been wondering how you are doing....you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I do feel its important to count out Blessings and take advantage of every moment we have...
Blessings,
Robin

cowgirljenny said...

Pam, As you know i've had some health issues so I have learned to value life and live each day asthough it were my last. However I do at times need to enjoy the not so perfect times as well as the good. the other night I woke up to Kevin snoring quite loudly, I nudged him a feww times but he kept on a snoring. I was a little irritated and wondered if I would ever get some sleep. then I thought of you. I knew you would love to be woke up in the middle of the night by Jay's snores. With tears in my eyes I leaned over and gave Kev a kiss then made my way to the couch where I slept for awhile. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for everything. Love you Jenny

High Desert Diva said...

Pam,

I remember watching Oprah interview the author of Simple Abundance...and telling her that starting a gratitude journal changed her life.

I kept one a few years ago, and it changed my attitude, my outlook, my life.

I'm so glad you have your memories written down, too.