Saturday, July 21, 2012

Gratitude clipboards

Earlier this week I posted a link to my work blog. My latest post was about the topic of gratitude.  

A couple days ago I met with a friend and we created gratitude clipboards. As a result of reading One Thousand Gifts, (a book in which the author chronicles the impact of writing 1,000 things she is thankful for) I have decided to embark on this adventure with my family.

I am choosing to do this because while I'm in a waiting season, I want to practice gratitude in a very intentional and specific way. I want to recognize the blessings around me and in my life, while we wait for our prayer for employment to be answered. 

1 Thessalonians tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. If I can learn the importance of this, and teach my children the value in this...I think the outcome could be quite powerful in shaping their our attitudes. Sadly kids today struggle with depression, anxiety, worry, and stress. Not surprisingly, many parents struggle with those as well. 

So my friend and I painted clipboards, cut out the words gratitude, stuck them on the clipboards and tied some ribbon on top. I then created a template for us to write as a family all the things we're grateful to God for. I also decided to make small clipboards for Samuel and Lauren and I'll list the items they say they are thankful for. We just started this last week, so we only have one family page so far. 

Gratitude items mentioned by the kids that I found of particular interest:
Mommy - 4 times
God/Jesus - 4 times
Avocado - Lauren wanted me to write this (I do love them!)
Chips - Lauren
Cherry pitter - Samuel

They repeated some of the same things (see above list) every time I asked what they were thankful for, but I've decided I'm just going to go with that. When else in life am I going to hear so frequently that my kids are grateful for me? This gratitude practice is good for my heart in more ways than one!

Looking at this list I realize this will become a journal for our family. As I glance at the items listed, memories and experiences are associated with them. And the most beautiful of all, is the simplicity with which the kids tell me what they are thankful for.

I have so much to learn from them. 

1 comment:

Infertile Catholic said...

I read that book last year, and it really struck a chord with me, too. I started keeping a gratitude journal, and then it fizzled out. Maybe I should try again! It does feel great to count our blessings!