We are keeping up with entries in our gratitude journals day and night, while engaging in some family time activities that keep us focused on practicing gratitude. This challenge is not meant to be rigid. I am basically taking it day by day, weaving our natural family rhythms, happenings in the world around us, events that we find relevant and interesting, as well as our unique family interests, in order to create some teachable moments. I don’t want this to be laborious and I am open to my kids giving me ideas along the way as well.
For instance during our Morning Symposium time on Day 7, one of my kids asked about the volcanic eruption in Hawaii and we discussed how we might look at this from a place of gratitude. Every moment when we wake, and when we rise, we can be aware and in tune with teachable, gratitude moments that we have right in front of us.
Apart from having great conversations about events happening around us, another family activity that we did today (Day 8), involved showing gratitude to the people who have impacted us, have served us and who are part of the communities we live in. With today being the National Teacher Appreciation Day, we seized the opportunity to express thanks to people who have supported our growth and learning this year. Although I am the primary teacher for my homeschooled younger two ( almost 10yr and almost 7yrs), my oldest son is still at school. He took flowers to school today to show appreciation to his amazing teachers and Kendra and Elijah, did some water-color stencil art, making cards to say thanks to some awesome people in our homeschool co-op.
Teacher Appreciation Day Gratitude Cards
During the course of this week, we will continue to pay close attention to the people outside of the walls of our family, who make our world a better place. This will differ from family to family, but the idea is to use the natural rhythms, events and people we encounter this week as the focus of your gratitude. Perhaps a child’s dentist appointment or doctor’s appointment presents the opportunity for us and our kids to see ourselves not as isolated and separate, but rather to celebrate the fact that we have community around us, and the people that make up this community whether we know them personally or not, are worth celebrating and being grateful for.
Bed-Time Entries of Gratitude
Day 7 Writing Prompt: “ I am grateful for my mom because . . . .”
Day 8 Writing Prompt: “ Today, 1 thing I learnt was . . . .”
” Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” Alan Cohen