Cheers! – #gratitudeparty 2019

Up early before school – check. Too much candy in my house right now – check.
Candle & writing prayer – check. Tea – check. Keyboard out. . . Here we go.

You know at a wedding when the maid of honor clinks her glass to get your attention. It’s that moment before she says something that matters to her, something shiny. It’s the same moment where maybe the best man is going. . . oh crap, I gotta think of something to say.

I kid. I kid. And I HAVE heard some bang-up best man speeches. I joke because I feel both of these this morning–excited to be writing, and not entirely sure what to write. But, I’m thankful I’m here today, even thankful I procrastinated to check my e-mail and find words from one of my favorites.

“You either start now, or it is not going to happen for you, and you are going to wake up at seventy years old (or eighty, if you are already seventy) filled with sorrow that you let your dream, your passion, gift, fall by the wayside. You start now, as is.

Anne Lamont, A pep talk for NANOWRIMO,

So I’m here–as is–not promising sparkly, but looking for it. Maybe I should just start with what this all about.

Gratitude Party started in 2014. I wanted to turn up the still small voice of gratitude in my life and bring fun folks along for the ride. Five years later, I’m thankful for this routine writing season, how it grounds me, and how it connects people. I just checked my mail list numbers for the first time in awhile, and the audience I thought was 200 is over 550. So, you’re not the only one who feels like she (or he) could use a little gratitude.

So, if you’ve been along for the ride since 2014, hello again. And if you’re a gratitude party newbie, here’s the gist. . . Gratitude party is not one more thing to do. It’s a lens to look through at the things you’re already doing in the month leading up to Thanksgiving, a way of daring to see them differently.

Each day I’ll share a short post. I’m a teacher/librarian so it’ll have a homework “Gratitude Dare” to get our gratitude muscles going. Here’s our first one:

Day 1 Gratitude Dare

  • Get a dedicated notebook, or start a list on your phone or computer. This works best if it is easy to get to throughout the day. When gratitude strikes, jot it down. Name it. Notice it. The goal is to search-out gratitude, mine for it, even when you’re not feeling it, and then sit back at some point during this month, marveling at how It might just be searching for us too.
  • Write 3 gratitudes each day. This is the goal, but there are no grades, so skip a day, double up a day, it’s all gravy. In the end, we’ll all look back with gratitude for the real gravy (yum) and with thanks for the way this “lens” hasn’t changed our experiences, but how it’s changed us.

Click here to subscribe for daily #gratitudeparty in your in-box. Also–if you know somebody who could use some gratitude, especially a teacher, pass this e-mail along. If you have questions or want to share your gratitudes, hit me up at eviwusk.comFacebookInstagram, or Twitter. Thanks. I’m so glad you’re here.

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