As announced in my latest newsletter, I've been working on a collection of gratitude journals. When I first began the project—and knowing better—I had assumed it would be a simple project. In truth, it took twice as long and twice as much work as I had anticipated . . . and every moment has been worth it.
When I received the first proof copy, I decided to use one of my own journals and begin my daily gratitude entries. I'd done this before, but not on a daily basis and certainly not with enough thought or time spent on reflection.
I've been at it for two weeks now and I can say with an honest heart that I wasn't expecting the results. It hasn't been easy coming up with three things every day. At first it was no problem, but then I had to begin to really consider and look within myself because I wanted to be truthful on those pages and not take the easy way by listing my favorite flower or song every day (those are legitimate things for which to be grateful).
The result has been a humbled heart—a feeling I'm not quite comfortable with yet—and a greater appreciation for what I have. I now ask myself, "What can I do for others?" and less often ask, "Wouldn't that look great in my house?" Some days are more of a struggle than others, but it's a process to becoming the person I want to be tomorrow, which is, I hope, better than the person I am today.
The first set of journals will be published in a week and others will follow as I'm inspired to create them.
I'll share updates here when the journals are available, but in the meantime, you can check out all of the covers on the Gratitude Journals page. You'll also find a little more insight into the project.
Gratitude journals are not a new concept, but if you haven't tried it before, I hope you'll join me on this journey.