Monday Motivation

February 19, 2018

This isn't really crochet related today but I wanted to share with you something you probably already know.  I'm all about gratitude and I often hear in my head, 'Be grateful or be quiet'. I'm a huge proponent of being grateful because you never know what you could be getting instead.


Anyway, a parallel conversation I often have with myself is when I'm dealing with people who are more pessimistic by nature rather than optimistic. I think I fall somewhere in between the two but more on the optimistic side. I think to myself, "How do I teach someone to BE more optimistic?" Of course, assuming that is the happier way to be? (Is this a faulty assumption)? 


I know that Chickee takes a one second video everyday of something that makes her happy and all the video clips are streamed together somehow like a highlight reel of the past two years. It's kind of like a video gratitude journal. I love that she does this and thing it's a great way to be grateful.


But then it hit me, she is also training to be OPTIMISTIC. This gratitude video-journaling is teaching her to ASSUME that something happy/good will happen each day and that if she only look for it, she will find it.  It teaches her to LOOK for the good things in the day so that she can record it.  DUH, Ellen. Gratitude is directly related to Optimism! Eureka! 


Isn't it true that we learn things again and again in life in new ways when we hear about it again or see it differently?


Putting together gratitude with optimism is something that I had not connected so directly. Several days into Lent, I have finally found my Lenten promise. I will practice looking for the good by doing the age-old task of gratitude journaling. Back to basics to move forward. 


PS. I have a great deal to be grateful about right now. Thank you to all of you helping me by subscribing to my YouTube channel, following me on Instagram and my page on Facebook.  I have a big secret that I hope to reveal by March 1. I'll reveal it in a newsletter FIRST and the blog, Instagram, and FB after it goes live in the newsletter.  


What are you grateful for today? 


Here's me and Chief before he went to his first high school dance. This kid is so smart about people. The world needs more men (and women) who understand people. 


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