Thursday, March 13, 2014
A Gratitude List
I've always tried to think grateful thoughts each and every day, because I know that my life is blessed in many ways, despite fatigue, stress, conflicts in life, and a busy schedule. But sometimes, life can get overwhelming, and teaching can sometimes bog me down, if I'm not careful to put into place some practices to stay positive. A gratitude list is something I've been keeping over the past several months. Although the idea of a gratitude list is not something new or unique, it is a newer practice for me. I have lagged a bit on writing them lately, but the practice is extremely beneficial for me. When I write an entry, I usually write 10 things each day for which I am grateful. It challenges me to be truly joyful, and to appreciate the day in front of me. Here is a reflection for today:
1. I'm grateful for one of my students saying out loud to me today that she "simply couldn't live without books."
2. I'm grateful for having wonderful colleagues who share similar belief systems about the importance of reading and writing, and about authentic teaching to the whole child.
3. I'm grateful for Panera Bread Light Roast coffee, which is now available in a "K cup" for my Keurig! (Best coffee ever, in my opinion!)
4. I'm grateful that today was a day I built in time for both personal reading and writing after school. My day feels more complete!
5. I'm grateful for the sunshine. I'm always happier with a little sunshine to boost my overall mood!
6. I'm grateful for my friends. I've been very reflective lately about friendships. Praise God for close friends, those friends who stick with you through thick and thin!
7. I'm grateful for my renewed interest in journaling.
8. I'm grateful for my dog Shelby, and how loving and sweet she is. I'm not biased at all.
9. I'm grateful for my husband, who understands me and supports me in whatever I do.
10. I'm grateful to be challenged to write every single day in March. It is not entirely easy for me, but I love feeling that I am able to produce and contribute in some way, and learn a lot in the process.