I am sharing a link to an interesting article about keeping a daily gratitude list. Ann Voskamp has been writing about gratitude for a good while, and her book One Thousand Gifts has been very influential on my thinking about thanksgiving.
I have been working on my planner for the remaining days of October, and it will soon be November, the traditional month for sharing thanks and gratitude. The article I mentioned above is by a planner designer, and she shares seven benefits of being grateful and keeping gratitude lists. It is worth reading this article even if you don’t keep a formal written list or a gratitude journal. Go over to Jacquie Smith’s site to read it.
Yesterday, my son had a health scare. He started having severe abdominal pain and nausea. After trying to calm himself and deal with the pain, he called an ambulance. After four or five hours in the ER, the doctor determined that he had a kidney stone. So, my gratitude is centered around this:
1. Thankful that it was JUST a kidney stone and nothing more serious (it’s amazing what all a mama can imagine is wrong when she gets the call that her son is calling an ambulance for himself)
2. Thankful for the staff at the Carolina Health Marion Systems hospital who took care of John.
3. Thankful for safe travels to and from John’s home in Mullins.