First, no, I am not going to give you a daily update all month. That might get boring to read about every day on my blog.
Second, I want to appreciate those around me that I come in contact... but I said (and meant) people I don't know.
Hm, guess who got challenged to do something else on day 1?
Day 1 was a doozy. An hour and half after I woke up I was hit with a terrible migraine. I had impaired vision and a pounding head. I spent the morning entertaining the kids with PBS shows while I lay in bed. I eventually threw up. Hm, it was not a day for gratitude. Or was it?
My goal in this experiment is to be intentionally grateful to others. I want to go above and beyond and make a difference in someone's day. My focus has been on making a difference to the community -basically people I don't know. That way, I can bless other people and perhaps, build relationships. What about those days I don't have a connection with anyone? What about those days when I am not out and about in the world? What about those days when I can only thank my family?
Day 1, day of gratitude, was not what I expected. My husband showed up at home at 11:30. He told me to go to bed. He left work to come home and take care of me. He loved me and went out of his way (requesting to leave work) to show me.
Day 1 starts with a reminder: As important as it is to be kind to strangers, I must not forget to show appreciation to my family.
My husband often goes out of my way for me. How do I show him that I appreciate him?
Now that was not the challenge I was expecting to start with. I think this "Gratitude Experiment" is going to grow me in ways I don't expect.
If you missed the explanation of the Gratitude Experiment, go here: Gratitude Experiment.