Wednesday, November 13, 2013

21 Days of Gratitude Project

I am joining with other amazing bloggers in a 21 Days of Gratitude series. Each day for from Nov. 1-21, each of us will be sharing an image with a quote related to gratitude. The purpose of this series is to inspire you to find joy in every moment of every day.

Be the First on Your Children’s Gratitude List

When my daughter was writing her gratitude list, “parents” were at the top of the list. Who could we be more grateful for than for people who gave us life, who raised us to be who we are. I always felt secure in my parents’ love, and I knew that they had my best interests at heart even when I wasn’t pleased with their decisions (like, for example, when they made me go to swimming or tennis even when I wanted to give it up). I followed their footsteps in my career choices as well, attending the same University in my native city of Minsk where they met as students.
It’s interesting to see how much our personality and interests are influenced by our parents. I have inherited a lot of character traits from my father even though many of my interests come more from my Mom. Now I see the same thing happening in the next generation with our daughter copying not so much what we say, but picking up who we are from our everyday choices.
I have a big debt of gratitude to my parents. They didn’t really plan to emigrate, to leave their careers, and plunge into unknown. They had a comfortable middle-class life. But… I moved, and they couldn’t bear to be away from their only child. They traded their engineering jobs to jobs that required more labor and paid a lot less. Now, when I have my own child, I understand all abiding love that moved them to this sacrifice. I don’t know yet whether this bill will be presented to me by my own only child, but I know I will pay it too if and when this time comes.

Join The 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge

Join the 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge!
These are the wonderful bloggers joining in the 21 Days of Gratitude: Inspired by Familia, Upside Down Homeschooling, Still Playing School, Makeovers and Motherhood, P is for Preschooler, The Educators’ Spin On It, Toddler Approved!, The Connection We Share,Mama Pea Pod, Mum in the Madhouse, Mama Miss, Plain Vanilla Mom, Tips from a Typical Mom, Learning with Mouse, Preschool Powol Packets, Kids Yoga Stories, Dirt and Boogers, Local Fun for Kids, Positive Parenting Connection, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, The Good Long Road, Bits of Positivity, JDaniel 4's Mom, The Eyes of A Boy
How to join the challenge:
1. Print off one of the prompts from 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge that you prefer.
2. Let others know about our 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge for the Whole Family and use the hashtag #21DaysGratitude. Our hope is that it’s contagious and 1000′s of families join in so help us get the word out. In the midst of our busyness it’s easy to forget to pause and be thankful.  Sometimes we are in the midst of difficult circumstances and we struggle with being thankful and that’s when we need thanksgiving to intervene.
3. Stop, reflect and engage in a moment of thankfulness each day this month, using the prompts. It can be big or small moments of gratitude.
4. Share your moment on your blog with a photo, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or your preferred social network.  If you’re doing this as a family let your kids snap a photo of something they are thankful for. It can be as simple as a taking a picture of a note written on a napkin that says “I am thankful I get to hold these little pudgy fingers”. You can journal it or do a service project. Make it simple or get as creative as you like.
Gratitude Pause


Jen Walshaw said...

What a wonderful post and Yes my parents would be at the top of my list now. I am not sure I had the understanding that I do of their sacrifices when I was younger.

Ticia said...

What a wonderful post, and it's good to know just a bit more about you and how you came here.

Joyful Learner said...

Beautiful post! The sacrifices a parent makes do not feel like sacrifices when it's done out of love.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

It's easy to see where your dedication to family comes from! I really enjoyed reading this post.