In past gratitude weeks I have taken a quiet approach. Sort of a meditative course which has been very rewarding and revealing. Gratitude seems to rush in during the soft first light of dawn. It is easy to tap into during the stillness of nature or even a sleeping child's bedroom. I've had the best results in amplifying and Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude All the Time during these ultra quiet moments.
This week I've decided I want to see what might happen if I shake things up and make a bold and raucous approach. This week I am playing a game to loudly proclaim my gratefulness. Previously I have tried madly listing things for which I am grateful but I did so without getting truly present to the appreciation. In my quest to be bold and loud in my praise I will not be skipping this step.
Part of my quest will include looking in places I have not previously thought to look. It is pretty obvious to be grateful for friends and family, but what about things of a more banal nature? Take running hot and cold water for example? I use this convenience on a daily basis but is extremely rare for me to even give it a second thought. Imagine what life would be like without it and immediately appreciation is there. I propose we begin paying attention to these sort of things as a way to amp up our daily experience of gratitude!
This week's "Bliss Initiatives" are color coded in purple for quick identification. They are specific things that you too can try, if you want to play along with me. However, because as Earl Nightingale says, "you become what you think about," even if you only follow along, and never take on any of the bliss initiatives, I expect some positive results. I will be exploring and encouraging GRATITUDE this way:
- Grategories -Each day I will be playing my own version of "Grategories" over here at Everyday Bliss in which I will be picking a random area to look for Gratitude. Places like Household Appliances, Software Programs, Public Service Professionals... areas I am not accustomed to even thinking much about but places where appreciation definitely lives.
- Gratitude Games - I will be hunting down and finding more Gratitude Games to play with my family and encourage us to live with gratitude on a daily basis. I will be be updating here with a post about all the fun ideas I find.
- Grateful for you - This will be introduced tomorrow! I am creating a week long game to express my gratitude for all of you. It is going to be a party of sorts, I hope to introduce you to each other, toast your specialness and even provide door prizes! I hope you find it to be a lot of fun!
I know I am being rather cryptic here with these bliss initiatives but I hope you won't mind. I'm incredibly grateful for surprises and like the idea of springing a couple on you this week! OK that is it for now... and to kick things off over in your world.:
Tell me something, off beat and fun, that you are grateful fo today!
Next Post: The Gratitude Party gets started!
My 13 bliss virtues are joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.
This week we are studying Romance. Next up is Gratitude Week