CHECK IT OUT: Count your blessings

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help thinking of how thankful I am. 

Last Christmas, my dear friend Angela sent a life-changing book and journal. In “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are,” author Anne Voskamp challenged me to write 1,000 gifts, 1,000 reasons I have to be thankful. 

I have 930 so far. 

The hardest part of this discipline is practicing gratitude in moments of anger, sorrow or fear. 

I am nowhere near mastering this. 

It’s much easier to be thankful when I’m happy, but I find that even in tough moments, there is something for which to be grateful — and sometimes, intentionally practicing gratitude is enough to change my emotions.

Tomorrow would be the perfect day to take up this challenge, unless you want to start today.

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