Thankful Thoughts – Thankful Thoughts

Thankful ThoughtsToday’s Thankful Thoughts is a bit recursive.

(recursive – like when you pull the instructions out of a new computer box and the very first step is how to open the box you’ve already opened.)

I’m thinking thankful thoughts (thankfully) about the process of writing a thankful thoughts post every week.

When I committed to writing a weekly series on thankfulness way back when my blog was in it’s infancy (on June 7th 2012, I just looked it up)

I said (in part)

I wanted to launch a new series on thankfulness, and Sunday seems to be the perfect day of the week to focus on the subject.  My intention is to write the Blog entry in advance and auto-schedule it for Sundays.   That lets me observe the whole “Sunday as a day of rest” thing.  It also enables me to spend my weekends focused on my family (very important).

That was almost eight months ago.

I never dreamed how hard it would be to come up with something to be thankful for each and every week.  I’ve been thankful for big things (my church, my husband, grace) and small things (soccer, little things, coffee).

I’ve skipped a few weeks when life got busy and I just didn’t have time to stop and be thankful.  Sad, but true.

I’ve found myself writing thankful posts before church early on Sunday morning, or cramming one it later in the day after Sunday dinner and before Sunday nap.   I’ve cribbed a rough draft on the back of the Sunday bulletin when inspiration strikes and the rest of the congregation is singing.

There are an equal number of weeks that I’ve had my Sunday thankful post written well in advance.  At least some of the time I manage to get it right.

Why Thankfulness?

Like said way back then,

This is a blog about being a happy mom.  I believe with all my heart that thankfulness is a key to me being a happy mom.

Y’all know me by now.  You’ve journeyed with me when I started out not feeling thankful and ended up overwhelmed with gratitude and an awareness of blessings.  You’ve laughed at me when I was thankful for Legos.   You read multiple posts on the subject during 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood.

By now, I hope that you agree with me.  Thankfulness is part of the happiness equation.

Today I’m Thankful

You know that thing about doing something for 21 days straight to make it a habit?  It’s true.

I’ve written so many Thankful Thoughts posts that I can’t stop.  It has become a part of who I am, woven into the pattern of my life.

There were three different times yesterday that I stopped to take a picture and savor a moment that I found myself thinking “I can’t wait to write how thankful I am for this!”  I was genuinely thankful for the moment right then and there.  And I’ll be thankful again when I finally get the photos off my phone and remember to blog them.

The truth is that I’ve become a thankfulness addict.

When I started struggling with ideas for Thankful Thoughts posts, I started brainstorming what I could be thankful for.  It’s a huge list, and the only reason I stopped is because nothing else would fit on the paper!

Then I started jotting down ideas when they hit me.   They have their own section in my Evernote account.  Odd little things like matching socks, the smell of cinnamon, clean sheets, and “that electric feeling in the air right before a storm.”

And I started being overwhelmed with gratitude and thankfulness.  The more I included thanksgiving as a part of my daily life and prayers, the more I found to be thankful for.

Thankful for Thankful Thoughts

That brings me back full circle.  Back to being thankful for Thankful Thoughts.  If I had never started writing these posts, I’m not sure when I would have developed the habit of thankfulness.

These little posts have changed me in a profound and unexpected way.  For that, I’m thankful.

So what are you thankful for today? How do you maintain the habit of thankfulness?

(ps – I wrote this on Saturday.  woo hoo!  see y’all after the big football game that must not be named.)

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I’m so thankful I found your blog! I believe the same as you about the connection between thankfulness and happiness…”In everything give Him thanks!”
    Auntie Em (Melinda) recently posted..A Merry Heart– February 3My Profile

    • I’m thankful for encouraging comments.

      I wish I could articulate fully how much better my life works when I take time to be thankful. It’s amazing what a difference it makes.

  2. great post today, this sunday I got frustrated that they didn’t plow our driveway and I had to do it. But then as I thought about it, I was thankful I had the ability to do it on my own, had a driveway to shovel, had a child to watch as I shoveled, had a driveway to shovel.
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