You may have noticed my theme for this month has revolved around writing and writers. I began with an announcement about NaNoWriMo, then continued with the research done by a fellow writer on her trip to England. Her photos from November 14 and November 21 also provided some wonderful travel images.
In keeping with my November theme I’d like to tell you a little about Allie Pleiter. Allie’s son had cancer, but she still had work to do in the midst of it all. Several years ago I was a Beta reader for her book: How to Write When Everything Goes Wrong.
If you’re having a tough time in life—writing or otherwise, but you still need to work and get those words on paper—her book might be worth your time to read, too.
One of the things Allie did to get through her time of testing was to list four things she was grateful for everyday. This helped her maintain a healthy mindset. Since reading her book, I have utilized that same habit. In my journal I record at least four things I am grateful for everyday.
The Attitude of Gratitude creates a healthier mindset.
On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving for the last Thursday of November. I invite you to read his proclamation for yourself. Remember when you read it, the devastating Civil War was still engaged.
After you read the proclamation, come back and tell me what you think.
The following link provides a more readable version of the original document:
Did you notice He drew attention to what the country had—
NOT what they did not have?
As we enter this season leading up to Christmas, we enter a time of high expectations. We want our celebrations to be perfect, but we tend to focus on what we must purchase to make the season fit our expectations. If we only had those things, life would be perfect and we would be happy. But when those things do not provide the happiness we seek, we may be even more discouraged.
I invite you instead to focus on gratitude. What is on your daily list of thankfulness? What little things can you do as you go about your days that will bless others? See if you are a happier person during and after this season because you focused on thankfulness.
Tell me about your experiences in the comments below. Remember . . .
Gratitude is a much lighter load to carry than expectation.
Until next time . . . Travel Light,
© 2019 SuZan Klassen