Celebrating Gratitude with Thankful Thursdays

Christian Living Communities  |  November 4, 2021

Celebrations are often spontaneous, but on Thursdays this November at Christian Living Communities, we are being intentional in practicing and celebrating gratitude. We encourage you to join us on this journey of thankfulness! This first Thankful Thursday is focused on self-gratitude.

The Gift of Self-Gratitude

by Chaplain Cindy Simpson

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can be is present in the present… gratefully.”

– Maya Angelou

This week we are celebrating the gift of self-gratitude. For some, especially caregivers, this idea of reflecting on oneself may feel uncomfortable, but being thankful for yourself is not selfish or self­-centered. Instead, being grateful for yourself is the practice of being thankful for all you are -your personhood, identity, gifts and abilities, and life experiences. It is a way of celebrating your own unique life.

There is only one amazing you! Your life is like a fingerprint. It is your distinctive stamp on the world around you. Sometimes we may fall into negative thinking, believing that our lives really do not matter. The truth is, though, that every life counts. You matter!

An Exercise in Self-Gratitude

Spend a few minutes and celebrate the person you are by reflecting on the exercise below. Then, engage in some creative activity in which you give thanks for who you are.

  • What are three things about your personality that others like and appreciate?
  • What are some unique experiences that you have had that make you who you are today?
  • What are some of the special talents, abilities or skills that you possess?
  • What are three things you really like about yourself?
  • In what ways do you enjoy contributing to the groups and teams of which you are a part?

There is so much to celebrate about the awesome, powerful, resilient and unique you! You DO make a difference!

In all the 22 communities we support we’ve issued a Celebrate Gratitude challenge for the remainder of the year. Celebrating each other, our communities, and our caring organization in small ways that add up to creating an amazing organizational cultureWill you join us?

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