Gratefully writing on…

In our local independent bookstore today we stumbled upon a group of young writers (from the local elementary school) being led by their teacher.  While trying to play it cool, it took every ounce of my being not to join them (Daddy was with me and “shopping” so my time was limited).   What a privilege to witness some profound reflective few moments from this small group of writers discussing character point-of-view:

“Now take out your iPad and write your reader response to the character’s idea of finding gratitude and meaning in each day…”  gratitude

As one writer noted, “Gratitude is the surest way to heal a hurt and help you focus on what is good.”  Another commented, “I’ve found it’s a great way to make a difference in my day.”  A third shared, “I find more reasons to be grateful for all I have even when we really have very little in our life now.”  Finally, another chimed in, “So the way I see it, gratitude turns what you have into enough.”  BINGO!  🙂

The group challenged one another to list the things they are each thankful for today and to then pick one to write about by describing how it came to be in their life.  They asked big questions like, “What did you learn from it?” – and – “What meaning does this hold for you?”  Finally, they summed up the message by challenging each other to have an attitude of gratitude every day to make them aware of the blessings coming their way.

Good golly, I sure do miss small discussion groups, especially when young writers are involved!

So, without knowing it, they have inspired a BIG question for today:

How will you choose to have an attitude of gratitude so you appreciate the blessings coming your way?

Gratefulness is a mindset.  When we resolve to focus on the good, the good comes in miraculous ways.  I gratefully believe in you because you matter to me!