The second milestone we're celebrating today is the official halfway point of the experiment. Here's how it all began 33 days ago:
Welcome to The Thankfulness Experiment! You are invited to join me on a 66 day journey to see if being thankful really makes a difference. The task is simple… list 5 things you are thankful for each day on this blog. The goal? To reach 10,000 reasons we are thankful by January 5th. Is this possible? Absolutely… if you invite your friends to join in… and if we work together to turn journaling thankfulness into a habit.
So, for the past 33 days, I've been writing about my own experiences with The Thankfulness Experiment. God has taught me about thanksgiving through nature, through trials, and through my boys. I've had days where thankfulness was on my mind all day long... and other days where thankfulness was barely a blip on my radar screen (and quite frankly, thankfulness probably wouldn't have been a blip if I wasn't doing this experiment). It's been quite a ride. But I'm really lovin' this thankfulness stuff. I discovered how much more enjoyable a trial can be if I choose to give thanks (remember Toilet Troubles from day 30?) Laughing with my boys about sewage flooding the floors was so much more pleasant than yelling about it.
I've also learned that thankfulness is a journey. It's not like I'm thankful all the time just because of this experiment. I'm learning that it's OK to not be perfect with thanksgiving... and that sometimes doing a double take each evening when I post (see day 31) can show me some blessings I overlooked during the day. I'm so thankful that God doesn't expect perfection from me or you... and that He takes great delight in our daily thankful lists.
I've also heard from some of you. Sometimes, coming up with five reasons is so tough... but you sit there and reflect until you find your five. I love that you are persevering and committed to finding five reasons each day. Other times, five can be too easy, so maybe you're challenging yourself to list more than five reasons. That's the beauty of this experiment. We can each take our own spin on the concept and follow where God leads us. I'm just thankful that we're doing this together.
So, thank you for joining me each day. Thank you for embracing the concept of thanksgiving. Thank you for partnering with me to make thankfulness a habit. I can't wait to see where we are in 33 more days... Here's two verses to celebrate the halfway point:
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV
Tonight, in honor of our halfway point, I would also like to invite you to share your own reflections of the first half of The Thankfulness Experiment (in addition to your thankfulness list). What have you learned? How has thankfulness impacted your life so far? How would you rate yourself on our baseline question after 33 days: “How thankful am I right now?” Rate yourself using a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “My life stinks! Why should I be thankful?” and 10 being “I’m thankful all the time… in fact my picture is in the dictionary next to thankfulness!” Feel free to answer any of these questions or just share a thought about your experience so far. I'm excited to see what you're learning from this!
Tonight, I'm thankful for...
1. Giggles of delight over an upside down muffin that was affectionately called "upside down mushroom"
2. My seven year old doing something nice for his younger brother this morning
3. Getting a $70 coat for $30... and free shipping too!!
4. My three year old sitting on my lap and playing with my hair
5. My seven year old volunteering to read our devotion this morning
6. An empty dishwasher ready for dirty dishes
7. Speed cleaning this morning
8. Boy Scouts
9. My seven year old's penmanship
10. Watching a movie with my three year old tonight
11. Reaching 3,500 reasons
12. Being at the halfway point of The Thankfulness Experiment
Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 6,456 to go...