Appreciation and Gratefulness.

In general, I'm a negative person. I'm a hopeful pessimist, and I am bitter more than I am grateful. These are things I would like to change about myself, but it seems about as easy as changing my feet into fins, or my hair into leaves. You might remember that I'm getting my Masters in Social Work degree, and, as a requirement of this program, at my university, at least, a Social Work and Religion class is required. Another thing that I am not is comfortable with discussing religion or spirituality, particularly with a room full of relative strangers. Thankfully, for the most part, this class is broken up into smaller, more easily tolerable pieces like forgiveness, callings, and gratefulness.

Yesterday, the topic of discussion was gratefulness. Appreciation. And I realized that I don't appreciate as much as I should, and I express appreciation to those around me even less than that. So, as a way to notice more often the good in life; to find something, even small, to appreciate about the day or week, and train myself to be more positive, I'm going to write letters. One hundred letters, over however long it takes me to write them. One hundred letters of appreciation on this blog, and shared, when applicable, with those about whom they are written.

1 comment:

Becky said...

I completely understand-- I also have a strong tendency to be a pessimistic, negative person, and would also like to change that about myself. One thing I've been trying to do lately is that I've been keeping a journal at my desk, and am trying to remember to write down 5 things I'm thankful for every day. I haven't always remembered, but it is a good reminder that every day has something good about it. Even the crappy ones.