I once received a shocking Facebook message from a woman I didn’t know.
Although we had never met, she asked if she could come to my house late on a Saturday night to talk.
Now, I don’t know what you would do in a situation like this, but I did two things: first, I contacted a mutual friend to make sure she wasn’t a homicidal stalker (she wasn’t), and second, I said YES. Because I say yes to life as much as humanly possible.
It turned out that she was getting divorced, wanted to be happier, and her intuition told her that we should know each other.
She showed up late that Saturday night, I made us both tea, we sat on the couch and started talking.
Three hours later, we were friends for life.
On the way out the door, she asked me one last thing. She felt that gratitude was a key part of her being happy. Would I agree to send her five “gratitudes” by Facebook messenger at the end of every evening and she would do the same?
YES. We did send each other five things were were grateful for each night that week. And the next week, and the next. And we’ve been doing it consistently for over two years now.
Over two years – right before bed – of sending her five things that I was grateful for that day. Through illnesses, deaths, her re-marriage, amazing successes, the small highlights of a Tuesday. I literally spend my days looking for things to be grateful for.
“a thankful appreciation for what an we receive. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives … As a result, gratitude connects us to something larger than ourselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”
Breaking out of our negative zone.
There is so much written on the power and importance of a gratitude practice. We’ll be sharing resources with you this week.
But many people just don’t do it. It takes effort and discipline to do it. Sometimes we’d rather just languish in negativity, drama, or the status quo of daily life. We numb ourselves with TV, our phones, watching or reading about others’ lives instead of being grateful for our own.
This week’s challenge features a recipe for being courageously grateful.
A gratitude partner.
Yep. That’s the secret.
The Scare Your Soul challenge this week is: to find a gratitude partner and to share 5 gratitudes each night this week
Here’s the plan:
- Find someone in your life who will do this with you – we bet you’ll find someone excited to do it
- Each night before bed, text each other five things you are grateful for
- Your gratitudes are yours – big or small. They start with, “Today, I am grateful for … “
- One catch: you can’t repeat the same gratitude twice during the week
- Join our SYS private community Facebook group and share your experience!
Need a gratitude partner? DM me on Instagram and we will set you up with someone!
Tell us one thing that YOU are grateful for today! We’ll post anonymously on our Facebook page.