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Journal of Thanks

Welcome to Connections2Excellence and Happy November! This month we celebrate Thanksgiving, so we focus on just that—reasons to be thankful.

We have so much for which we can be thankful.

Yes, there are definitely times we find it difficult to express thanks. A day in which nothing seems to go right. An argument that deeply hurt. The loss of a loved one.

One way to express thankfulness even in the dark is through journaling. For the past year, I strive to write at least three things for which I am thankful each day. I find writing them down is a focused, therapeutic reminder of the many blessings I receive so undeservingly. Include the entries with your regular journal or have a special journal specifically for thankful moments.

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  • A beautiful sunrise
  • A rainbow after a storm
  • Hearing “good job” from someone totally unexpected
  • A sloppy kiss from your toddler
  • The laughter of a child
  • Technology finally working for an important meeting
  • A much-needed walk and talk with a friend
  • Coffee
  • A surprise visit

And the ones that are more difficult.

  • A patient, compassionate doctor telling you the cancer has not spread. Thanks.
  • The one suffering from dementia suddenly recognizes you and smiles. Thanks.
  • The job loss allowing you to be available for your parent’s medical procedure and recovery. Thanks.
  • The accident totals your car, and you walk away without a scratch. Thanks.

These are moments to treasure, reflect, and give thanks. So, when you have a difficult day, read the journal entries. They lift your spirits.

We have so much for which we can be thankful.

Our Connections Challenge: Begin journaling entries of thanks. The big things. The little things. The simple, everyday things.

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