Saturday, March 30, 2013

April = A Month of Gratitude

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I want to develop the habit of living a life of gratitude. I've decided to make April the month I start doing this. I consider myself to be someone who tries to stop and smell the roses and be grateful for what I have, but I want to take it to the next level. Wanna join me?

Again, I do the gratitude journal thing from time to time. Sometimes I try to think of what I'm thankful for before I go to bed, but it's usually a quick and generic muttering in my mind. "I'm grateful for my family and friends and my job and my dog." I don't usually take the time to be specific or dwell on these blessings longer than a few seconds.

I also want to learn to be thankful for the small moments that happen each day. I want to be mindful of the simple pleasures and daily blessings I take for granted (like sunshine on my skin and food on my plate). Tiny moments of gratitude.

I guess the exercise will be to wake up and immediately list five things I'm grateful for--physically write/type them instead of just thinking about them. I think there's power in writing. Then I want to jot things down throughout the day I appreciate; more in-the-moment type stuff. And finally, I'm going to list five more things I'm grateful for before I go to bed.

PS. I love how my first reaction to this was, "Ugh. That sounds like a lot of work." Really, Natalie? Thinking about what you're thankful for sounds like work? Looks like I really do need this exercise.

I want to see how I feel after a month. I'm curious as to whether this will make an impact on my attitude. I like to think it will. I'm hoping this adventure will also help turn my complaints into thoughts of gratitude. For example, when I start thinking that my legs aren't skinny enough, I can learn to be grateful that I have legs that work! I can run and jump and dance and move freely without problems. It's time to stop taking such things for granted.

I'll post my progress on the gratitude challenge throughout the month. If you want to join me, I'd love to hear how things go for you!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Blood Bank Misses Me

I found this email to be disconcerting. Why is hero in quotation marks?!

From: Blood Donor Services <>
Date: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Subject: We Miss You

Natalie Dejohn We Miss You!
Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services would like to say We Miss You! Previously your donation came to the aid of someone in need, and that makes you a "hero". Now more than ever you are needed again.  Blood, platelets and plasma donated by selfless volunteers are always needed to help these patients.  There are many things that inspire people, but nothing is more inspirational than a stranger giving of themselves to help someone in need.  Please be that inspiration.
Because your blood type is B- Please schedule your donation as soon as possible

I'll donate blood again when they clean up their automated emails. At least get my last name right!