Sunday, November 01, 2009

name them one by one

It's that time of year again (can you believe that it is November already?). Time for pumpkins and gloves and long-sleeves and the November Attitude of Gratitude Challenge. For those of you who have not played before, the challenge is outlined below.

Here's how it works:
Each day during the month of November I will post three things I am grateful for. You should, too.
Definition of "things"- the term "things" is used here to encompass a myriad of stuff including, but not limited to:

  • a certain set of circumstances
  • an event
  • an inanimate object distinguished from a living being
  • possessions or effects
  • a deed or act
  • a product of work or activity
  • an idea or notion
  • a piece of news or information
  • a personal memory
  • anything that makes you smile
* The challenge is to come up with three ORIGINAL "things" each day. Try not to repeat entries.

Please note that challenge participation may result in any or all of the following:
- you will be surprised at all the Lord has done for you
- angels will attend
- you will feel help and comfort
- you will find yourself "singing as the days go by"
- your doubts will fly
(see LDS Hymn #241 for the above references)

In the past years I've included a gratitude quote each day. I think I've used them all up. This year (and in future years) you can expect to see some duplication of these quotes. Sorry, kids.

"Gracias, danke, merci—whatever language is spoken, "thank you" frequently expressed will cheer your spirit, broaden your friendships, and lift your lives to a higher pathway as you journey toward perfection. There is a simplicity—even a sincerity—when "thank you" is spoken."
-Thomas S. Monson, "The Profound Power of Gratitude," Ensign, Sep 2005

"Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy. Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief.
"Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without appreciation, there is arrogance and evil. Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride. How magnificently we are blessed! How thankful we ought to be!"
-Gordon B. Hinckley, "'With All Thy Getting Get Understanding'," Ensign, Aug 1988

November 1
1. I am thankful that we had beautiful weather this weekend--just enough to sun and warmth to plant a tree and grill some hamburgers.
2. I am thankful that we had an extra hour of sleep last night. Someone around here is either sick or teething or completely out of sorts because we spent many hours up during the night. Thank goodness we had an extra hour this morning to sort of make up for things.
3. I am thankful for key lime pie and friends who invite me over to eat it. Yum! It was the perfect way to welcome November.

"We are thankful for blessings we cannot measure, for gifts we cannot appraise, 'for books, music, art, and for the great inventions which make these blessings available[;] … for the laughter of little children[;] … for the … means for relieving human suffering … and increasing … the enjoyment of life[;] … for everything good and uplifting.'"
"Three Centuries of Thanksgiving," Etude Music Magazine, Nov. 1945


Karla said...

Key lime pie and hamburgers . . . I'm thankful for those also. And how could I forget the extra hour of sleep? Wonderful!

Krista said...

Rhodes rolls and the sun out and no coincidences. That's what I had for Nov. 1, but I've started a gratitude blog (how nerdy is that?). I've been doing it for a couple of years on paper and thought it would be more fun to type it up for myself on a blog. Thanks for sending the challenge!