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.
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!
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.
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 culture! Will you join us?
"I made some good friends after moving to Clermont Park. My family loves it. They have also met a lot of good people here."
"Clermont Park is a great place to live. You can participate as much or as little as you want in community activities. You can meet as many people as you like, and they are generally open, so I’ve made a lot of friends in the short time I’ve been here. "