Hello friends! It’s the last Tuesday of November and time for another check-in with my OLW – Choose. If you’ve been reading along with me this month, you know that I’ve focused on Choosing Gratitude. I’ve shared a deep dive into four aspects of my life that regularly inspire gratitude (Dark Early Quiet Time, a Morning Walk, Fiction Matters, and Family). You might also recall that this year’s OLW and the “Choose Gratitude” idea was inspired by Diana Butler Bass’s book Grateful and the Thanksgiving Prayer she shared last year.
She shared another thought-provoking post this Thanksgiving suggesting we broaden our response to gratitude beyond the preposition “for”:
“Other prepositions open our imagination to see and experience gratefulness as something deeper than appreciation for things.”
Instead of simply saying what we’re grateful for, we could also consider these questions:
“To whom or what are you grateful?
What challenges have you been grateful through?
Have you been grateful with others?
Where have you discovered gratitude within?
Has something in your life been changed by being grateful?
In what circumstances have you experienced thankfulness?“
The four gratitudes I shared touched on most of these broader aspects – and my journal entries covered nearly all of them, but I realize I need to go deeper on gratitude with others. Gratitude for others is huge, but with?! …and then I see a link between my intentions for connection and gratitude that goes beyond anything I’d imagined back in January. and then I wonder … perhaps these monthly checkins are exactly that. perhaps these checkins answer those questions for all of us.
and … wow.
Thank you to Carolyn for hosting this meetup and making these connections possible. and thank you to all of you for making those connections real.