#SOL21 March 2
Day 2 Gratitude
Every day my fourth grade class begins by saying good morning to each student, out loud and in sign language. Each responds with good morning and then a one word check in. (Well, it’s supposed to be one word, but J often says something like, “Good morning. Today I feel happy-slash-tired.”) I would hazard a guess that over 95 % of mine are either “Today I feel grateful” or “Today I feel thankful.”
Now let’s just pause a minute and think of all the c-r-a-p going on in our world and our country. I know I don’t have to name all that crap as most of us know it already. Why in the world would I pick the word “grateful”? This morning I started thinking more about this, and wanted to share those thoughts with you.
A little over 5-6 years ago, I had one of those years. In a 12 month span I got divorced, moved, found out my mother had stage 4 lung cancer, and my cousin committed suicide. In one of the books I read during that period, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, it suggests gratitude practices as a way to rediscover joy. “If the opposite of scarcity is enough, then practicing gratitude is how we acknowledge that there’s enough and that we’re enough.” (Brown, p. 124) By the way, I ran to the other room, grabbed the book & found this quote in about 3 minutes…I think I found this so quickly because I need to remember it.
During this tough, painful year, most evenings as I curled up in my bed, I jotted down three things I was grateful for that day. At first it was like pulling my fingernails out. What I learned is that over time, I started to look for reasons to be grateful. Finding reasons to be grateful, acknowledging the good stuff as well as the hard stuff, focusing on what I had instead of what I wanted is part of what got me through that year.
This brings me back to this morning on Tuesday, March 2. “Good Morning. Today I feel grateful.”
Yes, I do.