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November Inspiration: Create a Thankfulness Jar


“If you have nothing to be grateful for, check your pulse.”

– Unknown


Some days gratitude flows more readily than other days, but I am certain that every day I can find at least one thing for which I am thankful.

I’m here, aren’t I.

That’s one.

I can look up. The sky that surrounds me is another one.



I like to use The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have for almost daily reflection and to set the tone for my day.

The book contains a quote, a story, and three to five practices for each day. These passages remind me to breathe deeply, take notice of the life around me, and appreciate it.

I do believe it’s important to pause – even if for a moment – and intentionally practice thankfulness. Daily.

This is why I’m introducing the Thankfulness Jar this November. Gratitude is important year round, of course; however, I want to set the tone to thankfulness before we enter the month of December where the gimme gimmes like to hang out.

I used this post for the how-to. Here are the takeaways …

  • Every day between November 1st and Thanksgiving day, write down one thing you are grateful for on a slip of paper. Every family member is to do this, fold the slip, and put it in the jar.
  • On Thanksgiving day, open the jar and read the slips. Take the time to talk about your thanks.
  • If your kids needs a jump start, The Thank You Book is an endearing read for kids eight and under.

I was moved to action by the above project, but my inspiration started last year.



My mom created the jar pictured above for Thanksgiving 2016. We used it with our immediate and extended family, just for one day on Thanksgiving day. At first I felt cheesy asking everyone to participate and write one or two things for which they were grateful, but the results were heartwarming, sincere, and at times, funny. We took turns reading them aloud at dinner.

Ronny’s class showcase also inspired me last year. The fourth-grade classes had a cross-curriculum showcase performance last year on the theme of gratitude. It was really moving … The song the kids performed was incredible – they wrote the lyrics.

Here’s the art she created about thankfulness (peace, food, water, family, friends, teachers … oh and Netflix, of course!).



I’ll leave you with a few things that I’m appreciating today.

I’m thankful for this writing spot and for my co-author, Ronny.




I’m thankful for these two.



And for this one.



I’m thankful for our fall/winter family traditions that on the horizon.

Like seeing Santa in Chicago.



and picking out a Christmas Tree.





P.S. The featured pic is one of my favorites of myself in Big Sur. I’m eternally grateful for that slice of heaven.

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