#ThankfulThursday: 05.19.2016 Edition

May 19, 2016

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Gratitude is define as: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Most people express gratitude in different ways. My mother always told me that the words “thank you” can go a long way. She was right. A simple, genuine, thank you can take someone by surprise and make them crack a smile when they haven’t in days. But saying thank you isn’t the only way to express gratitude – I think it goes beyond those words and comes from the heart. And it’s not just by thanking those around you, but by being appreciative of what and who is around you. Yes, a simple thank you can go long way, but what if you began to truly, genuinely {not in a false attempt}, began to express thankfulness to your surroundings? How would that change your perspective? The perspective of the person on the receiving end?

I feel strongly that verbal communication is a much better form of expressing gratitude than the written word. Now, don’t get all jumpy/judge’y on me! I realize some people are just better at written communication versus verbal. I know this because I happen to be one of those people. So, I find that I am better at explaining the ways in which someone has brightened my day/week/month/life via a text, a post on Facebook, a card, an email {after typing that I clearly also find joy through public recognition}. But those means cannot replace all verbal communications. They just aren’t the same as hearing someone say to you “I appreciate you.” Humans react strong to words, in both written and verbal form. But to have someone stand in front of you, make eye contact, and say “I don’t know how to thank you, but thank you.” That bears more weight than any Facebook post could ever amount.

I’m telling you all of this {ha! I’m writing it, not telling} because I’m challenging myself, over the next 20 days, to SAY THE WORDS, more than I write them, in daily practice. I want to be more verbal in my gratitude. I want people to know that I appreciate them. I want our Lord to know that I appreciate my life, my surroundings, the gifts which I’ve been blessed. Why did I pick 20 days? Because it takes 20 days to form a habit. I feel confident that if I begin verbally letting folks know how I feel, it will become so engrained in me that I won’t even think twice about it. I want it to change my perspective. Change the perspective of those around me. Have a positive impact. Be the change you wish to see in the world, right? And once that happens, the possibilities are endless. The positivity that will flow through my blood will be unstoppable. Harnessing that positive spirit will push me to higher levels.

I challenge you to do the same my friends. It doesn’t have to 20 days if that’s too long for you – make it over the next 5 days. See how it goes. If you like it, keep going. It can be 30 days if you feel like 20 isn’t long enough. Completely up to you, just a least give it a try. I offer these pieces of advice when you do join my journey: 1. Feel free to focus your positive energy on one person, but don’t be afraid to expand that reach., 2. Change up the ways in which you express your gratitude – verbal, written, physical. If it’s the same you may tire of the practice., 3. Do not go into this expecting gratitude in return. That is a false attempt at a grateful heart., and 4. Enjoy the moment. Do not feel anxious. Do not feel silly. Harness the power of the universe and let it flow through your words, your actions, your body.

And because I couldn’t post about #ThankfulThursday without at least mentioning that for which I’m grateful this week, I’m expressing gratitude for you, my readers. I didn’t actually think people read my blog. I didn’t think they noticed. I didn’t think they appreciated anything I was saying. Your texts, emails, comments, FB messages all gave me a little pep in my step this week. Thank you all for your kind words, taking time out of your day to read my blabbering and entertain my nonsense, and for showing true appreciation for my struggles, my candid nature, and voice. You are loved.

What say you? Joining my short gratitude journey?

Hugs and Love from TheMcBaileys.com

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