Week 2 recap
How did week 2 go for you? Was one activity more of a struggle for you than another? For me it was thinking of a difficult time in my life. We tend to shut out those memories, not dwell on them. I asked you to do just that. It can be painful, but for a purpose that was good. Were you successful at finding something positive in the difficult time? Can you feel a change in your spirit? I am starting to. Click here to review week 2.
This week we were tested. I went to do a quick paint job in my bedroom. Painting our bedroom was not part of my original project. I was already painting other rooms so it just made sense to go ahead with it. I moved my dresser away from the wall and on the wall, was MOLD. It was gross and shocking. Why was it there? Was it left from a leak we fixed when we replaced our shower on the opposite side of that wall? We had not checked the wall. Upon cutting out the sheet rock it looks to be a new leak and from the new plumbing.
We so easily could have grumbled, complained and lamented our misfortune. However, my husband and I decided to look for the positive. If I had not decided to paint then, it would have been a very long time before we found the problem. It would then have been much worse, possibly affecting our health by then and involving mush more tear out and repair. We found it early and were able to do the repairs easily. I’m pretty good at sheet rock work, so this was not too difficult. Plumbing was fixed with a little pipe dope and a fan we ran for 48 hours straight dried up the water. We are thankful we found it when we did! How would you have reacted in this situation?
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Week 3- Putting it into Action
This week we’ll be acting on some of our positivity we have been learning. We’ll be passing on positive words, encouraging words and kindness to others. This can be a little more challenging as it will involve interacting with others, getting a little out of your comfort zone. I’ve heard you learn best by reaching out, getting out of the routine and stretching your limits of comfort. Plan to reflect on each day’s experience. These activities will aid in cultivating a more appreciative spirit
Day 15- Give 2 sincere compliments today then journal how it made you feel.
Chose two people, strangers, friends or family, your choice. Be sincere, not just a quick, nice dress, nice hair, mean what you say. Say something like, “I really like your hair today”, or “that’s really a pretty dress”. They can be superficial or deep. From complimenting someone’s clothes or their positive attitude. Then don’t forget to journal how it made you feel to say that to someone. Were you nervous, was it awkward or did you feel great after?
Day 16- Give 5 sincere compliments today then journal about it.
Go further today, chose 5 new people. This action may be difficult depending on how many people you come in contact with each day. You can do this in person, which is ideal or if your contact with others is limited, do it through social media, text or email. In person, you get to see their reaction. Their reaction can affect how you feel. In person is also a little more personal and can be a little more difficult as it is face to face. Journal about the experience, how you did it, what you said, their reaction, etc.
Day 17- Encourage someone today and journal how you felt about it.
Words of affirmation is some people’s Love Language. If you haven’t read the book The 5 Love Languages, you should. It’s a great book. Be genuine in your words. People can tell when you do believe what you say. These are not compliments, they are words that inspire people. Tell someone they are creative and you love the paintings, drawings, poems they make. Let your favorite cook know how much you enjoy their cooking and that the brownies they make are like no other. These are similar to compliments, but different in that they motivate people to be the best they can be or do their best at whatever they are doing.
Day 18- Encourage someone different today and journal that experience.
The saying goes that actions speak louder than words. That isn’t true for all things though. Encouraging someone will speak volumes to a person over any action you may take. Today is a repeat of yesterday. Chose a different person though. It may be easier or it may be harder than yesterday. That may depend on the person you chose. It may also depend on your comfort level with giving verbal encouragement. Remember to write about the experience in you journal.
Day 19- Pick 2 people you appreciate and tell them, journal about it.
This activity is similar to the first of the week activities. However, you will be telling people that you appreciate them and why. You can simply say “I appreciate you” but that doesn’t grow your thankful heart quite the same way as explaining it to someone. You decide if you want to explain.
Day 20- Send a physical note to someone you are thankful for and write about it.
Most people love to get mail. Snail mail is not used as much these days. My mail is typically junk mail and bills. Every so often I will get a note or card form someone and it’s so refreshing. I smile just reading the note. This one little action by someone meant more than they probably ever knew. My whole family did this, each one was sent to a different person. Some people called and were grateful but wanted to know why it was sent. It is definitely out of the ordinary for most people, so you may get questioned. Don’t be afraid to tell them why you did it. Stress that you meant it and really wanted them to be aware of how you feel. You will make someone’s day!
Day 21- Reflect on the week’s activities and how they made you feel.
Today, look back over the week’s activities. How did each day’s action make you feel? Did it get easier each day? Was one activity more difficult for you than another? Think about each day and journal how the week was for you. Are you feeling a change yet?
Remember to also keep writing a thankful list each day in your journal. Do this in addition to the daily activities. Your list can consist of things, people or events. You chose how many you want to expand on. The more you practice your gratitude the more it becomes an everyday part of you. Put you appreciation into action!
Next week-Practicing Appreciation and Gratitude
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