Did you know that counting and acknowledging your blessings is one of the keys to unlocking real happiness in your life? In all my years of mentoring women in writing daily gratitude journals I have found that what has always been an easy task for me is often a very difficult undertaking for some. I share this because it is important to realize that we are all going to struggle with a prompt at some point in this journey and that is normal.
Let's start with the definition of BLESSING. It is Something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity.
Today we will list 10 blessings in our lives. We will do this in a manor that is beneficial for us and that achieves the goals we have for this journal. For example , you can simply write the numbers 1 through 10 in your journal and state your blessing or you can elaborate on why this is a blessing to you.
1. my husband Skip
2. my daughter Sarah
3. my daughter Hannah
1. I am blessed among women to have Skip as my husband. Our relations exceeds all of my expectations and his love has healed me in so many ways.
2. My oldest daughter Sarah is such a blessing to me. We are so much alike in so many ways from our character defects to our strengths and gifts. When she was a teen those likenesses often caused friction but now as an adult the same likenesses enable us to communicate without even using words, to know what the other is thinking, to share the same passion for art, cooking, baking, musicals etc.
What a gift that is.
3. My youngest daughter Hannah is the baby of the family. She moved out of our home this year and into her own making me an official empty nester. I didn't know until she was gone what joy she brought to my life on a daily basis. We have been close for years and I honestly felt like a part of me walked out the door when she did. I am blessed by knowing that no matter how old she is or where she is in life, that bond will always be there. I am blessed by watching her grow into her own person and into an adult.
In concussion, I need to share with you that this counting your blessings thing will be a monthly assignment. Each month I will ask you to write 10 more blessings (different ones) so at the end of 2010 as you enter into 2011 you can look back and read all 120 blessings that you have listed and go into the new year knowing how truly blessed you are.