For Family Home Evening tonight, my wife gave a lesson on gratitude. Even though this is a seasonal topic, it is one that we always need to keep in mind a little more than we do. As part of her lesson, she challenged each member of our family to record three things every night that we're grateful for. I suggested we target doing so for a month, and since this blog is my sort-of-journal, this is where I'm going to record it. So, for the next month, I'll have a blog entry each day with three things listed that I'm grateful for.
So, without further ado, here's my list for tonight:
1) I'm grateful for my wife who is far more spiritually in tune than I am and that she encourages me to be a kinder and gentler person.
2) I'm grateful that my wife provides service whenever called upon to do so, and makes dinner for people who are in need, just like she did tonight.
3) I'm grateful that my wife is grateful for me, because I do not underestimate the importance of spousal validation.
Now, don't think that I'm cheating by always complimenting my wife, as the challenge was to be specific -- none of this "I'm grateful for everything you do" nonsense. So, we'll see how this goes. If I run out of time, or forget a day or two, I hereby commit myself to go back and make it up, so there will be no fewer than 90 items listed by the time I'm done. (You know, when I think of it that way, it doesn't sound like this will be all that hard ... Even so, I think developing a better habit of expressing gratitude is a worthy endeavor.).
So, let the experiment begin!