Start Your Thankfulness Journal!!!!!
As you start your preparations for Thanksgiving think about all the things for which you have to be thankful! There are huge things: Your family, your home, your dear friends, a cupboard full of food, etc., etc., etc. Then there are the smaller things, clothing you like, a grocery store clerk that always says “Hi” with a smile, gas in the car, and on and on.
Keep a pad of paper on the counter in the kitchen. As the things you are thankful for surface quickly write them down. Just a word or two can suffice: hot coffee, warm slippers, baby woke up very happy…… You will be amazed at how your outlook on life changes!
Taking a minute to write down the things you appreciate focuses your thoughts on the positive. It helps you overcome the difficult things we all face. It sets your heart and mind on good things. There is a verse in the Bible, Philippians 4:8 encouraging these thoughts. Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.
The next month can be a time of great stress, unfulfilled expectations, and over commitment. Start now to put yourself in a good place psychologically. Head off disappointments for you and others by planning ahead. Talk with your spouse and family about how to help sidestep potential landmines. Think about the many good things in your life. This will bless you and set you up for success no matter what lies ahead!