Attitude of Gratitude: 2018 project

This entry is part 3 of the series Thankful Thursday

Christmas is over for another year!

Attitude of GratitudeThis Christmas has been truly special for us. Our elder son and daughter-in-law recently bought an amazing home on a large plot of land, with lots of bedrooms. They invited the entire family to join them for several days.

So our daughter and son-in-law traveled from Monte Negro, our younger son and daughter-in-law drove down from Johannesburg with their two children (our two middle grandchildren) and our eldest granddaughter joined us from nearby George.

We drove from Port Elizabeth and our family was complete, except for our eldest grandson who is stuck in the USA as he’s working towards his green card.

It has been a wonderful time of making memories that will last a life time. I have no idea when (or IF) we will ever get together again like this, but I know we will treasure these times in our hearts.

The Old Year is almost over!

As I write this (Wednesday 27th December) our daughter, son-in-law and eldest granddaughter have taken to the roads on their way home. Tomorrow we return to Port Elizabeth, and our youngest son and family leave on Saturday. So Christmas is over for another year, and 2017 is rapidly moving into history. That, of course, means we’re approaching the beginning of a new year—2018.

For some years now, there has been a tendency among writers to choose a word for the coming year. For the last few weeks, I have been sharing the idea of using the word, “thankfulness,” as my theme for the new year. But I intend to  use the word almost as a logo or emblem.

A Year of Thankfulness

I have taken an idea from Daleen Reyburn (see her guest post, Christmas Every Day).  I’ve decided to work on my attitude. I want to have an attitude of gratitude throughout this year.

My goal is that I will be thankful for 2,018 items during the year ( no repeats allowed!)  To make this easy to track, I divided 2018 by 52 (the number of weeks in the year). That gives me 38.8 which I’m rounding off to 39.

Dividing that again by 7, I have 5 – 6 thanks per day!  That sounds totally possible. Don’t you agree?

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Yesterday I purchased a block of post-its. I’m separating them into 5 packs, and I’ll place them in various places around the house. Then whenever I spot something I am thankful for, I will head for the nearest pack and jot down the details.

I plan to draft a template for my Thursday posts and whenever I have a few moments to spare, I will transfer the “thankfulness points” onto the template. Each Wednesday, it won’t take long (in theory!) to complete a post of 39 thankful points that I can schedule to go live on the next day, Thursday.

2018 is my year to build my attitude of gratitude. Each #Thankful_Thursday I will post 39 thankful points. Join me? Click To Tweet

How specific does the thankful  point need to be?

I reckon very specific. If I list my thanks for “a beautiful day” I have automatically ruled out a whole lot of other options I could have used over the weeks. e.g. sunny day, beautiful blue sky, slight breeze, etc. I’m certain the very task of looking for blessings all the time must have a positive effect on my attitude.

Instead of saying, I’m thankful for “the Lord speaking to me from Scripture” I could be more specific and say, He spoke “to me from Romans 8:28.”

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 3:18. Here's how to do this 2018 times in the coming year. Click To Tweet

How about joining me?

Do you like this idea? Will you join me? I can tell you, I feel really excited. I believe this next year is going to be way better than 2017 . . . because I’ll be looking for reasons to rejoice. But it’ll be far easier and more exciting if a group of us do it together.

In order to achieve this, I’m hoping to establish a form of linky at the end of each Thankful_Thursday  post. If  you read the post and leave a link at the end,  I plan to visit as many of them as I can. I will also encourage each person doing the same challenge to follow as many links as they can. So not only will our attitude of gratitude rise, so will our blog traffic!

If you are reading this today, 28th December, you only have a few days to get ready. It will be great if a number of us start jotting down points on the 1st January.

The first #Thankful_Thursday will be on 4th January. So we’ll only have three days worth of thankful points—about 16. Easy, right?

Of course if you don’t yet have a blog, you have a bit more work to do! You have until next week Wednesday to format a quick easy one on blogger.com. Even if you initially only use it for your Thankful_Thursday that will be a great start.

God is about to grant us three hundred and sixty five new days. Surely, we can each find 5-7 thankful points for each of those days?

Who’s going to join me as we each work on our attitude of gratitude?

Start recording on 1st January, and post on the 4th! Let’s see how we do.

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25 comments on “Attitude of Gratitude: 2018 project

  1. Wonderful thought Shirley. It indeed will have a positive impact oh you when you look at your life with thankfulness. I wish you a very happy year ahead! Stay blessed 🙂

    • Hi Keerthi,
      Thanks so much for the visit and encouragement. Yes, I am already aware of the impact this is making on me. e.g. today we have a dozen workmen on our small roof, removing tiles. They’re inserting some lining and some of the wooden struts then replacing the tiles. NOISE NOISE NOISE! We’re camping out at our neighbour’s for most of the day! Nuisance! But THANKS that our roof will be that much safer when it’s finished. And THANKS it’s not our expense. So always something to give thanks for. Oh and THANKS that we have willing neighbours!

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  3. I’m looking forward to your gratitude posts Shirley – I won’t be able to keep up the pace, but I’m sure some of it will rub off on me and make my year more positive too. I’m thinking of starting a gratitude jar – a more doable option for me 🙂

    • Happy New Year, Leanne! A gratitude jar sounds cool. If you plan to do this online, by all means link to my Thankfulness post and we can encourage one another!

  4. I can only imagine how fulfilled and grateful you must feel to have your loved ones around you. December saw my girls and their broods with a lot of other extended family celebrating just being together. I would love to join in your Thankful Thursday as I too need to improve my attitude. Don’t promise but will try. Good luck, peace and health to you and yours in 2018 and beyond .

    • Great to have you on board! Happy New Year! And you’re off! 6-7 thankful points today – so on Wednesday you can schedule a post on your blog for Thursday (#Thankful_Thursday) with 18-21 thankful points! All the best for your year of thankfulness!

  5. I am in Shirley… for me, every day is a day of gratitude and appreciation for what I have. Thanks for this lovely post and sharing your family moments with us. Have a great 2018 dear….

  6. It does feel great when you have your entire family around, isn’t it? We wish we could just bring time to a stop and revel in the happiness around!
    WIsh you a very happy and peaceful new year, Shirley! God bless!

    • Yes, Shilpa, you’re right. We won’t have them all together again for years – if ever. We have them spread over three continents – and even here in S.Africa the nearest to us are over 4 hours’ drive away. Sad, how families are so divided nowadays, isn’t it?

  7. I loved your family foto Shirley. That reminds me of our get together at my place where my brother, his family and my mother had joined in. We missed, my brother in law and his family though.
    Shirley, I fell in love with this idea of being thankful for at least 2,018 times in the coming year. I look forward to join you at #Thankful_Thursdays linky in the new year.
    And before I say good bye, here is a wishing you and your family a happy new year!

  8. Looks like you had a great time bonding with your family this Christmas, Shirley!
    I love your plan your 2018. It can truly change one’s attitude and perspective towards life. All the very best to you and wishing you a fabulous 2018. Cheers ♥

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