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Learning to be Thankful again


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I’ve added Thankfulness to my goals list (again) this year.

I was seeing the world in a more positive light after I started being Thankful in 2011. It was awesome, I loved it.

But by 2012 I thought I had it down pat. So I switched from recording my thankfuls every day to writing a weekly thankful. I thought I was ready to do less. I even wrote a huge recap post about my thankfulness journey, ending with how it was time to move on to the next step. Basically meaning it was just too much of a hassle to keep track of a daily thankful list any more. You know, because I’ve got so many other things to do that I really needed that five or ten minutes of my life back each day. 

Did you know that if you don’t keep practicing something you’ve just learned to do, then you’ll slowly forget everything you thought you’d already mastered? Well, you will. 

Cue another post about how I needed to get back in a thankful frame of mind. I decided I would go back to writing daily thankfuls in September of 2012. Then I promptly stopped doing any thankfuls at all. *sigh*

I really miss them though. I miss feeling thankful and being reminded every day of all the good I have in my life. I miss immediately seeing the positive in every situation, and that’s how far I had gotten before I let it all slide away. 

So I’m trying again! If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Right? So I’ve started my Thankful in 2014 page and I’m going to do my best to keep it updated. I’ve pretty much got to start all over from scratch and get myself in the habit again of finding great things in my day. And as Puddleglum said, you’ve got to start by looking!

Do you have anything in your life that you have to keep learning over and over and over again?

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. It reinforces everything that is positive in your day. Great post!

    February 3, 2014
    • Yes, absolutely! I’m starting over again, so I’m still mostly on looking back on my day. But it will change slowly to thinking about it in the morning, to multiple times a day, to just being more naturally thankful whatever comes my way. I just need to keep it up this time!

      February 3, 2014
  2. I think I have to learn almost everything over and over again! I get complacent and lazy.

    February 4, 2014
    • Me too! I forget and so I repeat the same mistakes, or I just let the lessons go. A lot of lazy in me, I tell ya.

      February 5, 2014

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