30 Days Thankful: Focusing on the Beauty of Life

Welcome to the 30 Days Thankful Challenge. This series is designed to serve as a joyful reflection on the beauty of life.

There is much to be grateful for, not just around the Thanksgiving table, but every day of our rich and blessed existence.

Even the most ordinary moments can fill us with rapture if we take the time to acknowledge the profound in the mundane, the small miracles all around us that can slip by in a blink if we forget to notice them.

Who can benefit from focusing on all the reasons to give daily thanks?

  • Anyone who may be struggling to focus on the positives
  • Anyone who feels that a pessimistic attitude is currently standing in the way of their success
  • Anyone who may be feeling as though the cup of their emotions can use a refill
  • Anyone who might find themselves drowning in the details of their lives at present
  • Anyone who can use a boost of optimism
  • Anyone who would like to share their appreciation for life with friends and loved ones
  • Anyone who needs a little extra peace in his or her soul
  • Anyone who’s currently caught up in the superficialities of life, who wants to go a little deeper
  • Anyone who needs a reminder of why we’re here and why it matters
  • Anyone who would like to use the power of positivity to improve their outlook, their relationships, and their life.

This exercise is not meant to be a Pollyanna cover-up for life’s problems. It is a celebration of where you’ve been and where where’re headed.

“30 Days Thankful” can help us honor the beauty in imperfection that is our world. Nothing is perfect, and releasing the need for “oughts” and “shoulds” is liberating.

“30 Days Thankful” can invigorate us with a renewed sense of purpose as we move forward with putting plans in motion and making our dreams come to life.

Day 1: Thankful for Me

Is it selfish to give thanks for the miracle that is you, for the unique person you are? You may think so at first. But we must love ourselves before we can freely give love to others. That’s an important life lesson for many.

As no two fingerprints are alike, so it is that no two people can be exactly the same, even if they try to be.

In what ways are you different from everyone else? What characteristics mark your personality? What individual traits embody the person you are?

Even as genetics can be an interesting mix of traits handed down through the DNA of our ancestors, we still come out like no one else, and that’s what we’re here to celebrate today: the YOUniqueness of YOU!

You are one of a kind, “We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!”

JOURNAL EXERCISE:
Giving Thanks for ME

What do you like about yourself? Take a few moments to write down what you consider to be your best traits. As a warmup, you can start with the more surface characteristics. Maybe you’re proud of your thick mane of hair, your long legs, or your flawless, dewey skin.

After exploring pleasing physical traits, take it a step further. If someone were to describe your strengths, what would they say? Are you clever? Humorous? A problem solver? Someone who never quits?

Go on, feel free to expound on what you’re good at and how you can use your gifts to help others.

It’s not silly to know yourself, love yourself, and give thanks for all the things that make you special and different. In fact, if we take an exploratory approach of our best qualities, we can often set ourselves on a better path.

Figuring out what you’re good at can lead to a more fulfilling job or career.

Discovering what brings you joy can lead to a deeper exploration and development of your God-given talents.

Knowing the ways we shine can open the door to invite like minds and kindred spirits into our lives.

Determining how we can use our strengths to help others can put us on a path of service to others that fulfills us while making a difference.

Feeling good about the person we are can bring a burst of newfound confidence. This is not bragging. This is about quiet acceptance of ourselves, so that we may more readily give to others.

What can you give thanks for about you?

Day 2: Finding Joy in Simplicity

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