When we are little, we are regularly reminded to say thank you. “What do you say to Aunt Jenny?” someone will prompt. And “thank you” comes chorusing out. Sometimes we said it just to get to the ripping off the wrapping paper part of gift opening. Sometimes we really meant it.
As adults, we generally don’t have someone prompting us to say “thank you.” Oh, we now remember when someone hands us a gift or does us a favor (that’s been drilled into us after all!) but we don’t often take the time to be grateful. Girlfriend Guru Lisa Sarick reminds us just how important it is to take time to stop, and breath, and be thankful.
Gratitude is spiritual magic. Any one who has ever embarked on a Gratitude program or project can attest to the transformation it brings into your life. Perhaps it doesn’t change anything in your life other than your perception – so nothing changes, yet everything changes. I think that’s how it was for me when, for my 30thbirthday, my best friend gave me a gratitude journal. It had 5 lines for each day so I could record 5 things that I was grateful for. At the end of that year, I can’t say that my “situation” was much different, but I was different. I had new eyes. They were opened to what was good in every day, in my life, and in others. I can be critical, picky, detail-oriented… great if you’re looking for an editor, not as helpful in relationships. Gratitude is the antidote for me for my harsh tendencies. It changes my perspective, and softens my approach.
I have been inspired and blessed by the gratitude projects of others as well. A big one recently was A Hundred Thank Yous by my dear friend, artist Lori Portka. She created 100 paintings for 100 people she was grateful for. After a gorgeous exhibition of all 100 pieces, they were given or mailed to the people she painted them for – including one for ME! I have seen things open and transform in her life as a result of that monumental undertaking. And I saw how she was taken care of financially and otherwise while doing that soulful work. It was a true reflection of her heart and her talents – of course that would be supported by Angels/ Spirit / God / all forces in the Universe!
To back up one degree, Lori was inspired by Hailey Bartholomew and her 365 Grateful project, in which she took a Polaroid photograph of one thing she was grateful for each day for a year. Not only did it lift her out of depression but drastically improved her marriage and has taken her life in a new, exciting direction!
What might happen if you committed to 30 days, 60 days or 365 days of Gratitude in your own way?!
LISA SARICK (A.K.A. Rev. Lisa) is an Interfaith Minister, Yoga Instructor, and Spiritual Guide. She guides people seeking peace to go beyond the limits of their minds to the freedom of their spirit. She holds 1-on-1 sessions, officiates ceremonies, and founded Moon Circle, an online gathering for women friends. Her home on the web is LisaSarick.com.
Thanks LISA! And thanks for sharing these other Girlfriend Guru blog posts:
- How to NOT get mad at your Girlfriends
- Be Your Own Friend
- Blessing for a Friendship
- The Gift of Being Unsure
- Helping Girlfriends Move Forward
- Birthday Ritual Celebration Ideas
- Moon Circle | A Girlfriend Love Story
- Advice for little Girlfriends | 10 Things They Need to Know
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